46 per cent people paid bribe during getting Passport: Survey

In a poll, 37% people said they paid the bribe during police verification, 4% paid it to the postman and 5% paid it to the passport officer via an agent.

Published: 15th July 2018 12:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2018 12:11 AM   |  A+A-

Indian Passport (Image used for representational purpose only)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Many people have to pay bribe to police or others to get their passports. In an online poll, 46% citizens admitted to having paid a bribe while getting their passport made.

In the poll conducted by the citizen engagement platform Local Circles, 37% people said they paid the bribe during police verification, 4% paid it to the postman and 5% paid it to the passport officer via an agent.

Recently, a Delhi cop was suspended after he misbehaved with a woman scribe during police verification.

Passport is one of the most important identity document in India. Getting a passport made had been a tough job for many years but the advent of technology seemed to have eased out some issues.

Although citizens living in metro cities have found the process of getting a passport made or renewed to have become easier, it is still an uphill task for people living in tier II and III cities .

In a structured discussion on LocalCircles, citizens pointed out various issues they have had when trying to get a passport made or renewed. Some of them were police verification taking a long time and bribes being demanded, same counters for fresh, re-issue and renewal, touts creating a havoc outside the PSKs, too many documents being asked for etc.

In a parallel poll in which more than 10,000 citizens participated, 53% said that their experience in the Passport Sewa Kendra was good with the services offered being efficient and citizen oriented. 19% had an average experience and found the services to be inefficient but worked. 8% said that their experience was bad and the services offered at the PSK were very inefficient and bureaucratic. 20% did not visit a PSK in the last 10 years.

Citizens also suggested some ways to improve the passport making process. They suggested that a time duration be set for the police verification, police officers should be able to monitor the verification cases assigned to them on their smart phones, paperwork be reduced, the progress be made trackable online, old rules which cause confusion should be revamped and separate counters being made for different services like fresh application, re-issue, renewal etc.

People pulse on Passport

Where did you pay the bribe in getting the Passport:

37% people said they paid the bribe during police verification

4% paid it to the postman

5% paid it to the passport officer via an agent

54 % did not pay any bribe

How was your experience in getting the passport at PSK

53% said that their experience in the Passport Sewa Kendra was good

19% had an average experience and found the services to be inefficient but worked.

8% said that their experience was bad and the services offered at the PSK were very inefficient and bureaucratic.

20% did not visit a PSK in the last 10 years.

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  • Jp.Antony

    My experience in PSK in Bangalore was very good. I am a senior citizen.
    4 months ago reply
  • Kamal

    Even in my case a police man who did my verification was bribing for 500 rs.but I denied to give.Now I don't know my passport status.
    4 months ago reply
  • Sudheer Thaakur

    fake and motivated survey. four of us in the family had our passports renewed during last 12 months . everything went like a dream.
    4 months ago reply
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