Source: News Bharati English13 Jun 2017 15:55:44

Bhubaneswar, June 13: In the next two years, Centre has decided to open all the Head Post Offices in 800 districts across India, whereas this year Passport Seva Kendra will be opened in 150 districts headquarter post offices, especially in remote places of India. 

While interacting with media, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said that “Our aim is to open a passport service centres in all 800 head post offices in the country, around 150 will be opened this year.” Furth, r he added "we have decided to ensure that no citizen is made to travel long distances for a passport. People in far-flung areas of the country find it difficult to obtain passports and redress passport-related grievances," Singh said. 

The Ministry of External Affairs along with Department of posts to deliver passport-related services to the people have brought up this initiative to offer smooth accessibility. Passport Seva Kendras have already been launched in several district head post offices in various parts of the country. 

"It has been decided to utilize head post offices as front offices for rendering passport services under this novel programme," he added. Apart from expanding the passport services and giving a wider reach, procedures for obtaining passports have also been substantially simplified, the Minister said. "In addition, the entire process of getting passports has been made transparent, while middlemen and dalals have been done away with," Singh said. 

Earlier, the Centre had already opened up 56 passport service centres in various cities across the country. With an objective of extending services on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage.