HYDERABAD: The Special Branch Police of Hyderabad claimed to have achieved ‘zero pendency’ in passport verification. Y Nagi Reddy, joint commissioner of police, Special Branch, said so far 14,572 out of 14,640 applications have been verified from January 1 and there are no pending applications.
Though there are 52 applications pending with the passport verification cell, they have been put on hold on the request of applicants and they will be verified once the applicants desire to reinitiate the process, said Nagi Reddy. The Special Branch (SB) police, who conducts passport verification in the limits of Hyderabad Police Commissionerate, verify more than one lakh passport applications every year.
The statistics with the SB shows that the number of applications has been consistent since 2012, however the average number of days to verify them has been drastically reduced by the field officers.
The average time taken to verify the application was around 61 days in 2012, it came down to 12 days in 2015. Recently, the field officers were given special training on behavioural skills and effective working, the joint commissioner said.