The regional passport office here has started getting passport booklets from the Indian Security Press, Nasik, again.
This week, the passport office received 25,000 booklets.The staff at the passport office is working in two shifts to clear the backlog besides working on Saturday.
Similarly, the postal department also dispatched passports on Saturday.
Officials at the passport office said they were dispatching 2,500 passports everyday as against 600-700 passports in June from the Jalandhar branch.
Harmanbir Singh Gill, regional passport officer, said, "We are working on a war footing. We are printing and dispatching the passports quickly after scrutinising them in a proper manner."
The backlog will hopefully be cleared by Wednesday, he informed.
Officials said the crisis due to the shortage of booklets had been almost resolved that they would be getting booklets every alternate day.
"Those people whose passports applications are pending at the Jalandhar branch will soon get their passports soon. We are working hard to clear the backlog by next week. They do not have to come all the way to the passport office for checking the status of their passport application," Harmanbir Singh Gill said.
On July 21, HT had published a report that 16,000 applicants were yet to get passports for want of booklets in Doaba. The backlog went up 19,000.
Like all other offices across India, the regional passport office too was facing shortage of passport booklets for one and half months.