5,38,343 passports issued in Telangana in 2015

5,38,343 passports issued in Telangana in 2015
Highlights

The Ministry has announced two major changes recently that will expedite the process for first time passport applicants as well as make it more convenient to secure an appointment at local Passport Seva Kendras.

The Ministry has announced two major changes recently that will expedite the process for first time passport applicants as well as make it more convenient to secure an appointment at local Passport Seva Kendras. As per the announcement, the first time passport applicants who furnish Aadhaar Card, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), PAN Card and an affidavit in the format of Annexure-I will get faster service without payment of any additional fees, subject to successful online validation of Aadhaar and EPIC and PAN Cards, if required from the respective databases. The passports under this liberal dispensation will be issued on Post-Police Verification basis.

The second measure announced pertains to securing online Appointments for submission of passport applications at Passport Seva Kendras. The new provision is allowing applicants to choose any appointment date from the earliest five available dates (working days) for scheduling/rescheduling an appointment for Passport related services. Earlier, the System used to offer only one available date to the applicants for seeking appointment for Passport related services.

No extra charge is levied for the services being rendered due to above two announcements.

There was a temporary shortage of passport booklets which created some backlog in issuance of passports in December 2013 – February 2014 and April 2014-mid June 2014 due to stoppage of production of booklets by ISP Nashik due to shortage of raw material imported from abroad. However, there is no backlog in the issuance of passports due to supply of passport booklets at the present.

In view of increased demand for passports, the Ministry is considering to further increase the number of PSKs and endeavoring to open more PSKs in thickly populated district headquarters. With the implementation of Passport Seva Project (PSP), the Ministry had established 77 Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in various States/Union Territories initially. Subsequently, to provide more access points for passport services, the Ministry decided to set up 19 additional Passport Seva Laghu Kendras (PSLKs). Out of these 19 PSLKs, 10 have already started functioning in various States and Union Territories till February 2016. The Ministry has also initiated the process to engage an agency to conduct a comprehensive study for Passport Seva Project Version 2.0 (PSP V2.0) including exploring the possibility of opening more PSKs across the country. It may be stated that the recommendations for the PSP V2.0 will be considered after expiry of the current PSP Contract in June 2018

The number of passports issued during the last three years, State-wise is given below:

State

2013

2014

2015

Andaman & Nicobar

3008

3560

4200

Andhra Pradesh

7,75,182

6,00,592

4,52,415

Arunachal Pradesh

767

922

1,676

Assam

39,977

50,028

66,702

Bihar

1,69,454

2,56,492

3,65,631

Chandigarh

22,914

26,729

29,425

Chhattisgarh

30,459

34,539

38,867

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

1,227

1,254

1,777

Daman and Diu

5,091

6,333

8,400

Delhi

3,14,955

3,42,310

3,84,119

Goa

48,373

47,185

51,586

Gujarat

4,61,409

5,48,591

7,46,856

Haryana

1,79,382

2,13,009

2,53,480

Himachal Pradesh

28,298

32,699

47,006

Jammu and Kashmir

86,660

86,095

1,13,184

Jharkhand

60,453

66,730

84,381

Karnataka

4,37,129

5,24,733

6,36,770

Kerala

9,47,532

10,60,148

11,44,138

Lakshadweep

1,503

1,488

1,706

Madhya Pradesh

1,02,745

1,43,309

1,64,625

Maharashtra

8,04,411

9,21,635

11,87,050

Manipur

4,248

4,915

5,451

Meghalaya

2,507

3,184

5,152

Mizoram

1,958

2,451

2,880

Nagaland

2,366

2,695

2,937

Odisha

81,412

94,477

1,08,131

Puducherry

20,113

20,699

21,658

Punjab

4,56,718

5,80,838

7,14,989

Rajasthan

2,02,340

2,50,747

3,11,050

Sikkim

1,662

4,468

5,354

Tamil Nadu

8,16,190

9,35,894

10,08,132

Telangana

41

2,81,451

5,38,343

Tripura

7,083

14,737

22,251

Uttar Pradesh

6,08,670

8,46,594

13,36,917

Uttarakhand

47,996

72,202

85,385

West Bengal

3,28,485

3,88,837

5,85,752

PAN India

71,02,718

84,72,570

1,05,38376

Excluding Passport issued overseas and Diplomatic/Official passports issued directly by the Ministry.

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