Visakhapatnam

RPO registers marginal growth in revenue

The Regional Passport Office (RPO), Visakhapatnam, has registered a 10 per cent increase in its revenue in 2016 while it received more or less same number of applications in the year compared to previous year, according to Passport Officer NLP Choudary.

The jurisdiction of the RPO extends from Srikakulam to Guntur in addition to Yanam district in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The total applications received this year were 2,35,225 as against 2,26,109 received last year, the applications granted stood at 2,21,947 and 2,24,144 respectively while passports issued were 2,15,383 and 2,20,168 respectively. The revenue registered a marginal increase at Rs.36,88,04,465 in 2016 as against Rs.36,51,11,487 during the previous year.

The average time taken for issuance of passport from the time of submission of application has been considerably brought down to 10-15 days in the case of applications under ‘normal’ category and in case of ‘Tatkal’ has been reduced to 1-3 days. The average time taken for submission of Police Verification Reports by the police has come down to nine days in 2016 from 11 days in 2015.

The appointment cycle at PSKs under RPO, Visakhapatnam, stood at 1-2 working days throughout the year in 2016. Student Connect Programmes were organised at various colleges to create awareness among students on the procedures to be followed while applying for a passport. Over 3,000 students had participated ‘Student Connect Programmes’ during the year. The applications of about 750 students were processed after conducting verification camps at the colleges and further processing was done at the PSKs on walk-in basis.

Welcoming the initiatives taken by the Government of India recently, Mr. Choudary said the simplification of Passport Rules would eliminate the menace of brokers, who were encouraging applicants to submit forged birth certificates. According to the Passport (Amendment) Rules, 2016, birth certificates are not mandatory even for applicants born on or after Jan 26, 1989.

In addition to birth certificates, school certificates, PAN card, Aadhar card, driving licence, electoral photo identity card and Policy Bonds, issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/companies, which have the date of birth would be accepted. The attestation of Notary would no longer be required and only self-declaration on plain paper as per annexure (wherever required) need to be submitted.

“The Ministry has posted several new officers and sanctioned sufficient staff members for meeting the demand in Passport application processing and measures would be taken to strengthening the grievance redressal system and enquiry handling”, he added.


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