New Delhi: The government has taken a major decision towards liberalising the passport issuance process for Indian citizens in the country.
As per the new norms, the government has planned to do away with police verification for first-time passport applicants. However, this is applicable to only normal category applicants.
Normal passports will be issued to applicants by the passport office on a priority basis and the police verification will be left to a later date.
The police verification would now be done after the travel documents have been issued. However, certain government-issued identity documents have to be submitted at the time of filing the application.
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“If you submit application with copies of Aadhar, Voter ID and PAN Card with an affidavit of no criminal case, we will issue the passport. The Police verification will be done later,” said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet.
Swaraj also added that the applicant would be able to choose any appointment date from the earliest five available dates for passport-related services.
The External Affairs Ministry has also attempted to speed up submission of police verification report by launching an ‘mPassport Police Application’.
Mobile Passport Police Application: The new custom mobile application has been proposed for Thana and Field Verification processing teams in order to improve the overall processing time. Police station users who already have access to the PSP Police Application (web) can use this new app for faster verification of passport applicants.