To cater to the manifold increase in the demand for passports,software exporter Tata Consultancy Services in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) inaugurated the 50th Passport Service Kendra in the country at Herald House,ITO,on Thursday.
Of the 77 passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) to be set up across the country,50 are already operational,an official of TCS said.
The project aims at transforming the passport issuance system in India by making passport related services easily accessible to applicants in a transparent and reliable manner. TCS had bagged the Mission Mode e-governance project,Passport Seva Project,from the MEA in October 2008.
Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna,who was present at the inauguration ceremony said,As compared to 1950s,the global profile of India has changed. More and more people are travelling abroad these days and so it is important that steps are taken to facilitate the applicants. We are now setting up PSKs in North-eastern states as well to cater to the rising demand for passports there.
According to TCS,the project will allow online application submission including uploading of documents. Also,biometric data and photographs will be taken in a highly secure area. The new project is also expected to speed up the process of issue of new passports. According to officials,new passports will be issued within three working days,subject to police verification.
Mission Mode e-governance projects like Passport Seva Kendra Project showcases how effectively a partnership model can work to provide technology-led,citizen-centric services. We are delighted to partner with the MEA in this national initiative, TCS CEO and Managing Director N Chandrasekaran said.
The remaining PSKs are expected to be set up by April this year. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was also present at the occasion.