‘1.5 Cr residents to benefit in division’
Udaipur : Retired Army chief and the Minister of State of External Affairs General V.K Singh on Friday inaugurated the Passport Seva Kendra (PSLK) at Subash Nagar here, solving the problem of long wait for passport. Udaipur had a passport kendra earlier, however, it was shifted to Jodhpur and since then people had been demanding for a PSK as large number of residents from entire division including Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand had to travel to Jodhpur or Jaipur to get a passport made. The passport office building has been facilitated by the Udaipur municipal corporation and the launch have been awaiting for two months.
“Passport is no longer a rich man’s prerogative as we are getting large number of applications from people of all walks of life. The central government has eased the application process and now a common man can apply online for a passport from his mobile, E-Mitra Kendra or post office. In the coming months, all the 800 head post offices in the country would have a passport kendra functioning” Singh said in his inaugural address. He said 50 post office passport kendras were launched in May itself.
He also hoped that the people of tribal dominant Udaipur division would benefit immensely as troubles faced by them in getting passport related services would be removed at the local level.” In 1955, there were only 5 passport offices in India. Then we launched PSKs and PSLKs and now we have come out with PostOffice Passport Seva Kendras. These kendras have saved people from the clutches of middlemen and commission agents who charged hefty fees earlier but now people don’t have to pay anything extra other than the official fees and get the document within few days of applying” Singh claimed.
He said businessmen, corporate executives, students, overseas job-seekers, tourists and pilgrims would benefit largely from the Kendra which would function similarly to any passport office. The new facility would save time and travel cost of the people. After submission of online application, the PSLK would ensure that an applicant need not travel to other places as it can provide photograph and biometric evidences here itself. Parliamentarian Arjunlal Meena, Mayor Chandra Singh Kothari, MLA PhoolSingh Meena were among other dignitaries present on the occasion.