TAMIL NADU

Steps taken to expedite issue of passports

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi Regional Passport Office has achieved zero pendency of applications, following the introduction of one-visit scheme and other measures taken to expedite issue of passports, said S.Balachandran, Regional Passport Officer, Tiruchi.

Except for applications, for which police verification reports were awaited, and some other cases of violation of Passport Act, there was no pending applications in the office.

The Passport Office also has the distinction of achieving cent per cent filing of applications online. Between January 1 and November 30, 2008, the office had received 1,30,463 applications for fresh passports/renewals and 8,343 miscellaneous cases. The office has despatched 1,68,092 passports and serviced 8,336 miscellaneous cases during the same period. Out of these, 15,447 applications were received under Tatkaal category and 15,867 passports were despatched during this period.

As there have been fewer cases of actionable applications, it has been decided to conduct Passport Adalats every Tuesday from January 1 2009 instead of first Saturday of each month as has been the case earlier. No prior appointment or registration will be necessary for attending the Adalats. However, those who wish to meet the Public Grievances Officer on any other working day, they have to fix appointments online by registering at >www.rpotrichy.tn.nic.in

The networking of District Passport Centres with the Passport Office in September 2008 has ensured that fresh passports were issued within 21 days even for applicants who submitted the applications at the DPCs and renewals in 5 days as has been the case with those applying directly at the Passport Office. This is a first of its kind in India. As a result, the number of people applying at DPCs has doubled since September 2008.