Enthused by success of two pilot projects on utilising the head post offices as Passport Seva Kendra, the government has now decided to scale up this programme by opening 56 such facilities across the country.
The ministry of external affairs and the department of posts had earlier decided to join hands to deliver passport- related services to the citizens.
MEA and department of posts are working closely for the early commencement of passport-related services at such Kendras located in various states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand and West Bengal, the ministry on Tuesday said.
“Once fully functional, applicants who apply for their passports online through the Passport Portal will be able to schedule an appointment at these POPSK (Post Office Passport Seva Kendra) to complete the formalities,” the MEA said.
The pilot project between the MEA and Department of Posts had started in Mysuru and Dahod (Gujarat), on January 25.
“With the successful operationalisation of these two pilot projects, the Government has now decided to scale up this programme, by opening 56 POPSKs,” it said.
“The pilot projects of the Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) have been running successfully at Mysuru and Dahod. We have been releasing 100 appointments for Mysuru and Dahod POPSK per day with cent per cent utilisation. Appointments for Mysuru (facilities) are now available in ten days while at Dahod it is available the next day,” the ministry said.