External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched a mobile application for easing the process of passport application and solving related issues, today. It is called the ‘Passport Seva’ app. As it is Passport Seva Diwas today, Swaraj also addressed the officials of several Passport Seva Kendras and members of the ministry on this occasion to bring in some concrete initiatives.

Apart from the Passport Seva app, she also introduced passport application from anywhere in India, which would help the citizens in obtaining passports easily. Calling it a “passport revolution”, Swaraj said, “I found that two things which directly connected to the Indian citizens–passport and visas required for undertaking the Haj pilgrimage.”

In the first two phases, we announced 251 passports registration centres out of which we have already established 212 centres. In the third phase, we announced 38 additional centres out of which two centres have started operating

However, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has been assigned the task to look into the Haj pilgrimage issues. Earlier, the North-east region had only one passport centre in Guwahati, but now the EAM minister announced that the ministry has built new passport centres in several regions in the north-east of the country so that it is not much of a hassle for people to file for passport acquisitions.

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“In the first two phases, we announced 251 passports registration centres out of which we have already established 212 centres. In the third phase, we announced 38 additional centres out of which two centres have started operating,” she added, Zee News reported.

Swaraj mentioned that currently there are 260 working passport centres, but the ministry is in talks to expand them to all Lok Sabha constituencies in the near future.

Women and Child Development Ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs recently had a joint meeting to discuss steps to take for the issuance of passport and further helped in making passport issuance form as citizen-friendly.

The officers of the External Affairs Ministry are making a list of areas that require new passport centres.

Picture credit: India.com

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