Passport applications from residents of Pathankot and Gurdaspur will be accepted at the Jalandhar passport office beginning July 8 (Monday), and not at the Amritsar facility.
The ministry of external affairs (MEA) has said that the decision was taken in view of difficulties faced in the allotment of appointments at the Amritsar office.
“The Jalandhar office has given its nod to serve these two new districts with the existing staff. We will handle these districts at our Hoshiarpur Passport Seva Kendra at Galaxy Towers near Parbhat Chowk and will ensure that people do not have to unnecessarily visit our office,” Jalandhar passport officer Harmanbir Singh Gill said.
Gill added that applicants, who had been given appointments by the Amritsar office, would be dealt with at Amritsar only.
“It will be our priority to issue passports in 21 days after completion of formalities. The police and other officials have been informed,” he said.