HYDERABAD: The duration taken to complete verification of passport applications has been considerably reduced from 61 days to six days in Hyderabad over the past four years, Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahendar Reddy has said.
“Every year passport verification cell of the special branch here gets more than one lakh passport applications for verification. In spite of such a large number of applications, police have been successful in completing the verification within six days. This was achieved by introducing transparency in the system and accountability among verification officers,” Mahendar Reddy said after the launch of ‘Special Passport Mela’ for police personnel working under Hyderabad Police Commissionerate limits and their family members here on Saturday.
About 2,222 individuals belonging to families of police personnel applied for passport at passport seva kendras at Begumpet and Ameerpet during the mela.
“Special Passport Mela is being held to facilitate police personnel and their family members to obtain passports, who are otherwise busy with day-to-day duties,” said Ashwini Sattaru, Regional Passport Officer, Hyderabad.
While 1,13,336 passports were verified by the passport verification cell during last year, verification of 93,255 passports has already been done till date and submitted to Regional Passport Office (RPO) this year.
P Ashok Kumar, passport granting officer, Regional Passport Office, Hyderabad, was also present on the occasion.