VISAKHAPATNAM: Embracing technology, police department has launched Passport Police Verification Service (PPVS) application in the city through which the passport verification by police will be performed in just three to four days, which earlier used to take more than three weeks. State director-general of police JV Ramudu inaugurated the Early Response and Command Centre at the police commissionerate, which includes Vehicle Tracking System, PPVS and Jail Releasing Monitor System here and mentioned that the PPVS web-based service is expected to be launched all over the state by May 30.
On the occasion, Ramudu said that the passport verification application would now not only be faster and easier, but also much more accurate and free of any miscreant activities. Some officials expressed concern over a few criminals fleeing from the country with fake passports and hence thought it is time the cops turned tech savvy to prevent such incidents.
Passport verification application developed by Vijayawada-based Soft Ray Solutions lets the authorised person (Head constables of Special branch)access and download data files from the applications which are uploaded by the headquarters through the main passport application site. Post-verification, the Head Constable replies to the officials by categorizing the report either ‘Clear/Adverse’ and sends back the application to the headquarters which in turn is forwarded to the main page of the site. In his verification, the constable will also have access to the Jail monitoring system in which he will be able to check whether the person has any criminal background. With this new system, the applicant will receive SMS and e-mail about the status of his passport application. As per the officials, this application would finish the verification process of an applicant in just three to four days from the earlier timeline of over three weeks.
Vehicle Tracking System will help track the police vehicles and establish a seamless connectivity for patrolling operations. Ramudu also said that after the state bifurcation, a lot is expected from Visakhapatnam right from Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is known to use technology to make work much accurate and faster. In this aspect, Ramudu requested the developers not only to work on such apps, but also to improve the present applications, which would enable better performance. Ramudu also distributed electronic tabs to the head constables of the city special branch wing to kick start the operations. The service providers of the applications have trained the people who would monitor these systems.
City police commissioner Amit Garg explained the apps, DCP-I (L&O) CM Trivikrama Varma, superintendent of police Koya Praveen, GVMC commissioner J Pravin Kumar were present.