To clear the backlog of cases of issuing passports to those who had been deported back home from other countries, a passport lok adalat was organised on Saturday. In the session, 814 applications were cleared.
Passport officer Harmanbir Singh Gill told Hindustan Times "We have called nearly 1,000 people who had been deported back during 2006-2009, so that they can be issued passports. My office staff has been working hard for over 90 days to arrange the required documents and clearances from missionaries required to clear the files of these deported cases."
"An 8 am to 6pm help line has been started in our office with three numbers, 0181-2242114, 2242115, 2242116 for such cases. Participants did not have to pay repeated visits using this facility," he said.
A fortnight back, the Jalandhar passport office had asked nearly 1,200 persons from the region who had been deported back home during 2006-2009.
"In some cases, we have taken help of the video conferencing to talk to the missionaries and embassies situated in other countries for early production of required documents. For those who failed to appear on Saturday, we will ensure early settlement," Gill further added.
He said that he expected the clearance of all pending cases from 2006-2009 by April. Cases from 20009 will be launched after this.