Passport Seva goes rural

Friday, Jul 11, 2014,16:38 IST By metrovaartha A A A

In order to enable rural folk to apply for passports, the Ministry of External Affairs and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited will launch the process of online form filing process, including payment of fee and scheduling of appointment through the CSCs   An official release here today said Passport Seva, Ministry of External Affairs has made it mandatory to complete the entire passport process online.    Common men, residing in rural areas, are finding the passport application form filing process on-line and other passport related services very  difficult.    To cater to the needs of the rural folk, the Ministry of External Affairs along with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited will launch the process of online form filing process through 1045 Common Services Centers (CSCs) across four districts including 167 Centers in Dharmapuri, 221 in Krishnagiri, 367 in Thiruvannamalai and 290 in Vellore.    These centres would ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of services at an affordable cost, claimed the release.

These CSCs would facilitate filling and uploading of Passport Application Form, payment of applicable fee and scheduling appointment for the visit to the Passport Seva Kendra at a nominal charge not exceeding Rs 100. The applicant will have to visit the PSK for completion of application submission process as per the appointment.
The services through CSCs would be available throughout the week, including the weekend.
A passport training programme will be held on 12 July 2014 at Passport Seva Kendra, Aminjikarai, Chennai.
The training session will cover the various aspects of filling online Passport Application and the common problems faced by applicants. The service will be launched in the four districts once the training is completed.
Efforts are also taken to make this service available in other districts, according to the press release issued by Regional Passport Office, Chennai.