Issuing passport is set to become hassle free as the Centre has decided to open passport service centres in all the 800 district head post offices across the country in the time span of two years.
The objective was to increase people's access to the facility, especially people staying in remote areas.
Minister of state for External Affairs V K Singh said,
"150 post office passport seva kendras are being opened this year and within two years all the 800 head post offices in all the districts would be in place. 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."
The decision is a favourable step towards solving one of many common man’s issues and this step has been initiated through a joint effort led by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Posts to deliver passport-related services to the people.
Singh further added,
"It has been decided to utilise head post offices as front offices for rendering passport services under this novel programme. Apart from expanding the passport services and giving a wider reach, procedures for obtaining passports have also been substantially simplified."
Singh concluded by saying, "in addition, the entire process of getting passports has been made transparent, while middlemen and dalals have been done away with."
Information source: ndtv