Doaba region has grossed the second highest police verification report (PVR) fee after New Delhi.
Data on police verification report released by the ministry of external affairs reveals this.
As per the passport issuance guidance norms the fee is collected twice a year. The revenue collected by the police department from police verification report was Rs 87.52 lakh between January and September 2013 whereas the amount was Rs 35.46 lakh between October and December last year.
On the other hand, Rs 22.52 lakh and Rs 9.43 lakh were collected during the same period in Amritsar. Chandigarh collected Rs 76.98 lakh between January and September and Rs 31.24 lakh respectively.
Delhi collected Rs 2.35 crore and Rs 71.46 lakh during the same period respectively.
MEA INCREASES POLICE FEE FOR VERIFICATION
To speed up the passport verification process, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has increased the amount given to the Punjab police for preparing the police verification report (PVR).
To encourage the police to conduct the verification process on time, a provision has been added which says if the police verification report is completed within 20 days they will get Rs 150 per verification as compared to Rs 100 they got earlier.
And if the process takes more than 20 days, the police will get Rs 50 per verification as against the earlier amount of Rs 25.
The amount received can be utilised by the police department for improving the infrastructure or welfare of its staff. The recommendations of the ministry of external affairs will be implemented from July 1.
Harmanbir Singh Gill, regional passport officer, said, “This will the whole process of passport issuance. The applicants will now be able to get their passports in a time-bound manner.”
The regional passport officer has sent the notification to the additional director general of police (ADCP) and senior superintendent of police to implement this in their respective areas.