With a view to making police verification process for issuing passport people-friendly, the police commissionerate has deputed special teams in all police station outreach centres (PSOC) for the purpose.
The responsibility of passport verification which was earlier handled by the head constable of the police station concerned has now been given to PSOCs to ensure transparency and corruption-free system. Specially trained policemen have been deputed at PSOCs and they will visit the applicant’s house after getting prior appointment.
“All policemen have been appointed after getting training from the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) for passport verification purpose only,” police commissioner Yurinder Singh Hayer said while addressing a press conference in Jalandhar on Thursday.
Hayer said vehicles, mobile phones, helmets and even tiffin boxes have been provided to them. The PSOC will also issue alerts on the verification process by sending an SMS on the registered mobile number.
Moreover, the authorities have also prepared templates for SMSes and conversation. Each PSOC will have a team of specially trained two cops, including policewoman, for passport verification, whereas two teams have been deputed in major PSOCs such as Sadar and city police stations.
The government has fixed the Rs 100 as verification fee. Hayer said if police personnel are found taking more than Rs 100 for passport verification, strict action would be taken against them.
“This policy has been introduced by director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini and has been implemented in all PSOCs across the state. The police are bound to complete the verification process within seven working days,” he said.
"We will also make random calls to applicants to ensure that no cop seeks bribes and people can also send their feedback on the Punjab Police website,” he added.
Meanwhile, the policy which was implemented on April 6 has got an overwhelming response as 203 applications have been processed in last two days while verification report of 55 applicants have been cleared.