Punjab makes police verification for passport possible in 7 days

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: May 21, 2015 12:32 IST

Punjab becomes the first state to link Aadhar card to other verification processes. Software that pulls out Aadhar card details based on the thumb impression submitted will make police verification for passport possible in seven days.

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal came out with the detail on Wednesday after inaugurating the Saanjh website and community police wing in Phase 7 here. People can visit the website for police-related information and registering their feedback. "The system weeds out the touts involved in police verification for passport, reducing corruption substantially," said Sukhbir.

The police station concerned can now make the NOC (no-objection certificate) for claiming insurance available within 21 days of applying. People who seek permission for sound, events, and other things can also log on to the website to know the fee. director general of police Sumedh Saini, who was present, said public feedback had suggested that police had got them their money back from touts. "The working of Saanjh Kendra's has been linked to the ACRs (annual confidential reports) of the SSPs (senior superintendents of police) and agents have been called to respective police stations and sensitized," said the DGP.

Sukhbir: Moga incident sad, Orbit not favoured

Not reacting to a notice of motion from the high court on a petition arraigning the Badals as accused, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Wednesday in SAS Nagar that the Orbit bus incident of Moga was sad, and he could not comment because the matter was sub judice. "We'll cooperate with the high court in every possible way and provide it with the documents it has asked us for," said the deputy CM.

He denied that his Orbit buses had halt-time advantage in time table. "It is the roadways authorities who make the time table, and the transport unions are so strong that no single operator can get any favour. Also, the schedule depends on the buses available and their frequency," said Sukhbir.

Taking a dig at Punjab Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa, he said: "To retain his position as party president, he can go to any extent, and rake up even non-issues."

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