Now, you don't need to wait for long to get your passport issued as the Haryana Police has decided to complete the verification process of each applicant within 21 days.
The department said it will ensure that the police verification reports (PVR) are sent to the Regional Passport Office, Delhi within three weeks, except in some cases when verification cannot be done due to non-availability of applicants or incomplete address or any other technical problems.
The verification process was delayed as the Delhi passport office used to send the applicant's document by post.
"But now we rush our officers to the Regional Passport Office (RPO) to physically collect the documents and process here in Gurgaon as quickly as possible," said Kulwinder Singh, DCP (HQ), Gurgaon.
Singh said though majority of the verification reports are processed within 21 days, sometimes officials at the RPO take time to download the PVR and the blame comes on police department.
As per the norms, states get incentive for timely submission of PVRs. An incentive of R100 is given to the state governments for each passport application, if PVR is received within 21 days.
The incentive is R25, if police verification report is received after 21 days.
Singh said that the investigating officers lingering on the PVR process beyond twenty-one days would be pulled up by the senior police officials from Chandigarh passport office.
"Sometime delay also happens as the people in Gurgaon are generally office-going and they are available for verification only on weekends. If a police officer misses them on weekends, he can meet them only the next week," he added.
On an average, the city police handle around 2,500 passport verification applications in a month.