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Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs
30-August-2012 17:48 IST
Passport Applications from Assam

Passport applications received by Passport Office, Guwahati during 2012-13 (April 2012- August 24, 2012) is 19,390. During this period, 24,301 passports were issued (including passport applications of previous year) and 8 applications were rejected after due processing. A total of 20,054 applications are still pending (including applications from previous year) as on today on account of mainly non-receipt of police verification reports.

Passports to Indian citizens are issued as per the provisions of the Passports Act 1967 and the Passport Rules 1980 as amended from time to time. Prior to issuing a passport, the Passport Issuing Authority must establish the applicant’s citizenship, identity and an absence of criminal record. This requires verification of personal particulars of applicants and background check of their criminal antecedents which are time consuming. This results in delays in issuance of passports.

In order to speed up issuance of passports and simplify the passport procedure, a Mission Mode Project (MMP) was identified under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of the Government of India. The MMP on Passports, named Passport Seva Project, aims “to deliver all Passport-related services to the citizens in a timely, transparent, more accessible, reliable manner & in a comfortable environment through streamlined processes and committed, trained & motivated workforce”. The Project has been fully implemented by setting up of 77 Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) including one in Assam.

The Minister of State in the Ministry Of External Affairs Shri E. Ahamed provided this information in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.