Govt. decides to scale up Post Office Passport Seva Kendra programme

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 9, 2017

The Government has decided to scale up the Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) programme, for delivering passport-related services to citizens, by opening 56 POPSKs across country in the first phase.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP) had announced on January 24 their decision to utilize the Head Post Offices (HPO) in various States as POSPKs.
The objective of this partnership is to extend passport services on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage, a press release from the MEA said.
The pilot projects for the joint venture between MEA and DOP was inaugurated on January 25 at Mysuru in Karnataka and at Dahod in Gujarat.
"The POPSKs at these two places have been running successfully since their inauguration. One hundred appointments are being released every day for each of these POPSKs," the release said.
The new POPSKs will be opened at the following places: 1. Kurnool, 2. Kadappa (Andhra Pradesh); 3. Silchar (Assam); 4. Purnia, 5. Gopalganj, 6. Muzaffarpur, 7. Bhagalpur, 8. Siwan (Bihar); 9. Surguja (Chhattisgarh); 10.Daman (Daman); 11. Diu (Diu); 12. Silvasa (Dadra & Nagar Haveli); 13. East Delhi, 14. Noth East Delhi, 15. North West Delhi; 16. South Delhi, 17. West Delhi (Delhi); 18. Bhuj, 19. Palanpur (Gujarat); 20. Hisar, 21. Karnal, 22. Faridabad (Haryana); 23. Palampur, 24. Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh); 25. Leh, 26. Udhampur (Jammu & Kashmir); 27. Jamshedpur, 28. Dhanbad, 29. Deoghar (Jharkhand); 30. Belgaum, 31. Devangere, 32. Hassan, 33. Gulbarga (Karnataka); 34. Pathanamthitta, 35. Kasargod (Kerala); 36. Kavaratti (Lakshadweep); 37. Gwalior, 38. Satna, 39. Jabalpur, 40. Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh); 41. Rourkela, 42. Sambalpur, 43. Koraput (Odisha); 44. Kota, 45. Jaisalmer, 46. Jhunjhunu, 47. Bikaner, 48. Jhalawar (Rajasthan); 49. Salem, 50. Vellore (Tamil Nadu); 51. Mehbubnagar, 52. Warangal (Telangana); 53. Asansol, 54. Nadia, 55. North Dinajpur, 56. North Kolkata (West Bengal).
The release said MEA and DOP were working closely for the early commencement of passport related services at the new POPSKs. Once fully functional, applicants who apply for their passports on-line through the Passport Portal will be able to schedule an appointment at the above POPSK to complete the formalities necessary prior to the issue of the passport.
The release said that, following the liberalization of passport policies announced on 23 December, 2016, there has been a nearly 30% surge in demand for passports. 
"For example, a record number of 53,400 applications were processed on 7.2.2017 out of which 49,259 were fresh applications. This is the highest since the commencement of the Passport Seva Project. Our Passport Offices are conducting special Passport Melas during the weekends to cater to the increasing demand for passports. 
"The pilot projects of the Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) have been running successfully at Mysuru and Dahod. We have been releasing 100 appointments for Mysuru and Dahod POPSK per day with cent per cent utilization. Appointments for Mysuru are now available in ten days while at Dahod it is available the next day. 
"These are clear indicators that the liberalization of the passport policies and opening of the POPSK have been successful efforts of the Government that have been welcomed by our citizens. We expect that opening of these additional POPSK would further help our citizens in getting passports easily," the release added.