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A commemorative postage stamp released on completion of 50 years of Passport Act.
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology 23-June-2017
commemorative postage stamp released on completion of 50 years of Passport Act.
The Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha
said that the Passport Seva Project (PSP) has been a watershed in the history
of passport issuance in India with its successful implementation in the Public
Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The entire process of citizen service delivery
has been re-engineered, standardized and automated. Speaking after releasing a
commemorative postage stamp on completion of 50 years of “The Passports Act,
1967”, he said that services are delivered through a country-wide networked
environment - integrating all Passport Issuing Authorities, around 91 Passport
Seva Kendras, as well as providing access to a number of external stakeholders
viz. Immigration, Police, India Post, India Security Press and Embassies/
Shri Sinha said that 24th June 1967 marked an
important milestone in the history of passport issuance in India as it was on
this day that the President gave assent to the Passports Act 1967. The
Passports Act provided a robust legal framework for the issue of passports and
travel documents and regulation of the departure from India of Indian citizens.
The Minister said that in order to extend passport
services to our citizens on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage,
the Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Posts (DOP) have agreed
to utilize the Head Post Offices in the country as Post Office Passport Seva
Kendra (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the citizens of our
country. The pilot projects for this joint venture between MEA and DOP were
inaugurated on 25 January, 2017 at Mysuru in Karnataka and at Dahod in Gujarat.
Shri Sinha said, applicants, who apply for their passports online through the
passport portal, can now schedule an appointment and then visit the designated
POPSK to complete the formalities similar to those at the PSK necessary prior
to the issue of the passport.
It has been decided to set up 235 POPSK in two
phases – 86 in Phase-I and 149 in Phase-II. 52 POPSK of Phase-I have been