New Delhi, Jan 24 : Taking yet another step for easing out the procedures for citizens to get passport, government is planning to start Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for delivering passport related services. In the first phase the pilot projects for this joint venture would be inaugurated on January, 25 at HPO in Mysuru, Karnataka and at Dahod in Gujarat said MEA officials.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, and Department of Posts (DOP) have joined hands to use Head Post Offices (HPO) for building a efficient ecosystem for the delivery of passports. According to the official release, appointments for passport applicants have been released for these two places starting from January 25.
Applicants, who will apply for their passports online through the passport portal, can now schedule an appointment and then visit the designated POPSK to complete the formalities similar to those at the PSK (Passport Seva Kendras) necessary prior to the issue of the passport.
If the pilot projects are successful, the government plans to scale up the programme by opening POPSK in all HPOs in a phased manner. The Union government has taken a number of initiatives recently to make it easier for citizens to get their passports said officials from MEA. As many as 89 Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) are functional across the country as extended arms of 38 Passport Offices.
The Passport Seva Project (PSP), an ambitious Mission Mode Project of the Government of India, is being successfully run in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode as part of the National e-Governance Plan. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the Service Provider for the PSP.
Over the years, there has been an expansion in the volume of passport related services. Government of India rendered 1.15 crore passport and other related services during the calendar year 2016.