The mobile application, mPassport Police App, the ministry of external affairs had announced recently for expediting the police verification process for issuing passports, will get operational soon.
Confirming the development, regional passport officer Harmanbir Singh said they are in the process of operationalising the app in the Doaba region by next month.
“I recently had a meeting with additional director general of police (ADGP administration/community) Dinkar Gupta for accelerating the process in this regard,” he informed.
Even as the announcement to launch the mobile application was made a few months back, the work on operationalising the same is still in the initial phase at various passport offices across the country.
Officials in the passport office said under the Passport Seva Project, they have successfully reduced the period taken to complete the police verification process from 49 days in 2013 to 34 days in 2015. They said the time taken for this could further come down if the plan is successfully implemented.
How will app speed up process?
The mPassport Police App will help police official in quickly submitting their verification report. The app will help field verification official directly update the verification report digitally in the system.
The app will eliminate the need for downloading and printing the particulars’ form and the questionnaire would no longer be required, resulting in a paperless, digital flow of information.
Moreover, under the latest system in which first-timers furnish documents like Aadhaar card, electoral photo identity card (EPIC), permanent account number (PAN) card and an affidavit, the normal passport application will be processed on “post-police verification basis”.
It will help time-first applicants get their passports in a time-bound manner without paying any additional fee.
The officials said the ministry has digitally integrated 685 out of 731 police districts in the country under the Passport Seva project while it is making efforts to connect the remaining 46 police districts digitally.