POPSK to be inaugurated in Darjeeling and Siliguri
Kolkata: The Minister of State for External Affairs - M.J. Akbar has announced the inauguration of new Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) in Darjeeling and Siliguri in the coming days. The POPSK will provide services related to the issuance of new and renewed passports. Considering the increasing demand for passports and the availability of passport offices in various parts of India, the government has taken the initiative to ensure that the citizens do not have to travel more than 50 kilometers to avail passport related services. In India, post offices have the widest reach in urban as well as rural areas, the Ministry of External Affairs has collaborated with many post offices to extend passport related services.
24 July 2017
Two districts to get Post Office Passport Seva Kendras
Two districts in Tiruchi Regional Passport Office jurisdiction to get a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra soon. This is as per the decision of the External Affairs Ministry and the Department of Posts to use all Head Post Offices as a POPSK or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in order to provide passport-related services at the earliest and for a larger group of people. In the first phase, 68 Post Office Passport Seva Kendra were to be opened out of which 52 have become operational. Both the Department of Posts and Ministry of External Affairs are working together to ensure that the others are opened and functional at the earliest.
Following the success of Post Office Passport Seva Kendras and the encouraging response, another 149 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras will be opened soon under the second phase. Out of these 149 kendras, two will be opened in the districts that come under the Tiruchi Regional Passport Office jurisdiction. Based on logistics and other factors, these kendras will be opened soon.
29 June 2017
Government to launch 149 new post office passport kendras
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced the launch of 149 upcoming passport kendras through the post offices. Considering the fact that the proximity to passport offices has been one of the major issues for most of the Indians, the government has decided to facilitate more passport kendras in order to meet the rising demand for passports. The government has already introduced many passport kendras through the broad network of post offices Indian. The government is also working on various other initiatives to make the passport application process easier and faster than the existing process.
27 June 2017
Ministry of External Affairs opens third batch of Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK)
The Indian External Affairs Ministry, along with Postal Department, has decided to open the third batch of Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK).
Based on the sources, it is being said that Head Post Offices (HPOs) from various states are being used by the government to take care of several passport related issues faced by people.
During the first trial, the government had seen formidable success in centers around Mysore in Karnataka and Dahod in Gujarat.
The new PSKs are opened in four states and in over 12 locations. These include South Goa in Goa; Bhatinda, Patiala, and Gurdaspur in Punjab; Agra, Allahabad, Deoria, Ayodhya, Jhansi, Ghazipur, Mathura and a few other places.
30 March 2017
An Average of 11 Goans Surrendered Indian Citizenship Every day in 2016
In Goa, every day an average of 11 Goans gave up their Indian citizenship in 2016 to go to Europe. They surrendered their passports after availing a Portuguese passport or the passport of some other nation. Some people are doing so because they are attracted to the British Life and for others it is just a convenient way to travel around the world. In 2014, around 1,613 people from Goa gave up their Indian citizenship. The number increased to 3,863 in 2015 and 4,131 in 2016.
16 March 2017
MEA initiates student connect in Jalandhar
MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) has initiated passport services for the students under PSP (Passport Seva Project). This programme is known as the student connect programme. The offices are accepting applications from all the students who are part of different educational institutions.
According to Harmanbir Singh Gill, Regional Passport Officer (RPO), the aim of this student connect programme is to prepare the students who are all set for global exposure. He added that they have been encouraging the students to apply for this simple and hassle free way of applying for passports. December 30, 2016 has been decided as the last date to apply for passports under the student connect scheme.
The passport offices accept attested photocopies of education certificate. Usually passport office need the original document. However, they have realized that it becomes difficult for the students to produce original documents at the passport office at the time of admission to educational institutions.
1 December 2016
Card Acceptance Infrastructure to be Aadhaar enabled with Biometric Authentication
In a notification from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), all new card acceptance infrastructure will now need to have an Aadhaar-based biometric authentication system for processing payment transactions, this new infrastructure should be in place by 1st January 2017. The RBI had issued a similar notice in November 2013, but it opposed by the banks as it would cost them more to install these machines in comparison to the present models that are being installed. Also, there was an uncertainty about the acceptance of Aadhar for authentication of payments. Initially, proper legal framework was not available for Aadhar but that was rectified once the Adhaar Act was passed by the government in March.
26 October 2016