New Delhi : Recently, India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, launched a new passport application scheme. Under this scheme, any eligible India citizen can apply for a new passport from anywhere in the country. The new service is also available through mobile application, both in iOS and Android. The app will help all citizens to apply, pay, and schedule appointments in order to get a passport.
Using this person, any India citizen can now choose between Passport Seva Kendra (PSK), Regional Passport Office (RPO), or Post Office Seva Kendra (POPSK) for the submission.
The good news is, under this new scheme, any applicant can submit for a passport even if he/she lives outside the jurisdiction of the chosen RPO. During the application, if police verification is required, it would be conducted at the applicant's present address as specified in the form.
Once done, the selected RPO will print and dispatch the new passport to the address mentioned in the application. For example, if your address in your ID is in Jaipur, but currently you live in Kolkata, now you can submit a new passport at POPSK or PSK at Kolkata, instead of going to Jaipur to do the same thing.
The minister believe that this new scheme will deliver a more efficient way for all citizens to acquire new passports, especially those who are currently residing outside their legal address. Also, thanks to the new passport app, 'mPassport Seva App', printing a passport application form no longer requires access to both computer and printer. The app does everything.
According to the foreign ministry, before the last 2 years, the country only managed to issue 77 Seva Kendras passport. However, in the last 2 years, the government has managed to issue another 231 passports, including those released for applicants who went to Russia to watch World Cup 2018. The minister sure hopes that this app is the beginning of a revolution in passport application. At the first step, we might be looking for a greater number of issued passports in the near future.
The minister also realizes that by having only 307 PSKs throughout the country, the new app won't work as fast and efficient as they want. There are still many people who don't have access to the passport submission. Therefore, he plans on expanding PSKs to every corner of the country. He expects to have at least one POPSk or PSK throughout the entire 543 Lok Sabha region.