IN AN indication of how seamless and quick the processing of passport has become in the recent years, the Pune Passport Office has registered a 33 per cent growth in issuance of passport, when, at the same time, the demand for tatkal passport has come down marginally.
As per the data provided by the Regional Passport Office (Pune), in the year 2015, a total of 2.82 lakh applications for passport issuance were received by the Pune office, of which 2.80 lakh applicants were issued passport after completion of the data collection process. This is a 70,766 (33 per cent) hike than the previous year in passport issuance when 2.1 lakh passport were issued.
While the passport issuance has reached a record high for the city, the number of people choosing to shell out more to obtain the document speedily has gone down. Although the fall is marginal (2.54 per cent) it indicates that many people are relying on the normal process which, due to recent technical revamps, has succeeded in bringing down the appointment and issuance cycle by considerable time. The year-end data also shows that among those aspiring to procure a passport a considerable portion is private employees (26.44 per cent), followed by students (23.08 per cent), housewives (15.06 per cent) and businessmen (14.43 per cent).
The data also shows that among those applied, two applicants chose to identify their sex as ‘transgender’. Ministry of External Affairs had recently included ‘Transgender’ category in the questionnaire.
Atul Gotsurve, Regional Passport Officer, Pune said that the most important trend that the annual data shows is the fall, although marginal, in the demand of tatkal passports.
“The decline shows that all the efforts taken by the MEA such as conducting 14 passport melas on weekly holidays, passport camps and adalats in a year have resulted in quickening the process of issuance of passport under normal process,” said Gotsurve.
The male-female ratio for Pune is much healthier as compared to the national average. While the national average is 68:32 (male:females), for Pune it’s 60:40, the data released shows.