Shortly the Government may issue e-Passports to make International visits of Indians easy and more secure. This facility will provide protection from identity theft and data breach, as stated by the External Ministry of Affairs.
On the occasion of Passport Seva Divas, Jaishankar made an announcement that reminds about the Government pledge to provide “enhanced citizen experience and public delivery.”
MEA with the Central Passport Organisation marked this occasion to reaffirm the Government’s commitment to offer easy, reliable, accessible, and transparent passports and other related services.
“It gives me great pleasure to join all our Passport Issuing Authorities in India and abroad on the occasion of the Passport Seva Divas 2022,” the man said.
E-Passports To Pace Up The International Travel
“I am happy to note that passport services were rendered with the same vigour and enthusiasm even during the testing times of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Ministry rose to the occasion to meet the increased demand for passport services built up due to two and half years of the pandemic, and dealt it swiftly with an impressive monthly average of 9.0 lakhs, with 4.50 lakhs additional applications granted in the last one month, thus setting a record,” further said.
“As we commemorate the Passport Seva Divas on 24th June this year, we continue our commitment to deliver the next level of citizen experience,” he stated
Assessing the past performance Jaishankar said that the Government has made efforts to simplify the passport issuing process and other related services.
“To further smoothen the passport delivery ecosystem, the Ministry is continuously working with States/UTs police to reduce the time taken for police verification: the mPassport Police App is now used in 22 States/UTs covering 8275 Police Stations.”
“The Ministry in collaboration with the Department of Posts operationalized 428 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) to reach out to our citizens at their doorsteps. The Ministry has successfully integrated the passport issuance systems in 178 of our Embassies and Consulates abroad,” he asserted while pointing out that it has assisted the Government to offer Diaspora the passport services in a very efficient and reliable manner with secure-centralised application.
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““It would ensure smooth governance end-to-end through standardized and liberalized processes, use of latest and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Chat-Bot, Use of Big-Data, Advance Analytics etc. The Ministry is also working to roll out E-Passports for Indian citizens which would make international travel easier and enable protection against identity theft and greater data security,” man concluded.
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