26 June 2018, India:
Now, process of getting a valid passport will become easier for Indian residents. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday launched a Passport Seva app to help seamless application and issue of passports. The minister also launched a scheme which will allow Indian residents to apply for passport from anywhere in India.
With the launch of this new scheme, applicants can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and thus the desired Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/ Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) under the RPO where they wish to submit their application irrespective of whether the present residential address specified in the application form lies within the jurisdiction of the selected RPO or not.
The Police Verification, if required for a specific passport, would be conducted at the address specified in the application form. The passport will be printed and despatched by the RPO selected for application submission by the applicant.
This citizen-centric initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs is expected to benefit the applicants who are unable to apply at a PSK/POPSK near their ordinary place of residence.
The new app will support services such as new user registration, signing in to registered user account, application form filing to apply for passport and police clearance certificate, paying for passport services, appointment scheduling, application availability status, document advisor and fee calculator.
The app is available on Android and iOS platform.