The Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor, announced that the Government is planning to set up seventy-seven Passport Seva Kendras(PSKs) in various parts of the country to speed up the process of issuing passports. Kharagpur is to have one of the five PSKs planned for West Bengal, with two others being set up in Kolkata.
This is welcome news for students on campus, as getting a passport issued or renewed has always been a big hassle involving at least a few trips to Kolkata.
According to Mr. Tharoor, the process of issuing or renewing passports will become a lot easier with lower processing time and a provision for online applications. If the Project is implemented successfully, new passports will be issued within three working days and a ‘tatkal’ one the same day, after a police verification.
After assessing the functioning of the first few PSKs, the others should be set up by January 2010.