MRPs for Indians in Dubai
Dubai is the first Indian consulate to have this facility in the Middle East and the third in the world.india Updated: Oct 05, 2005 14:19 IST
Indians living in Dubai and applying for new passports will have Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).
The Consulate-General of India has introduced MRPs as an effort to expedite the process of issuing passport and improve consular services.
"This is a positive move towards improving services provided by the consulate. All the passport printers are ready and we have already started issuing MRPs from here. Dubai is the first Indian consulate to have this facility in the Middle East and the third in the world, after Indian consulates in London and New York," Yash Sinha, Indian Consul-General in Dubai, was quoted by the Khaleej Times on Wednesday.
"At the moment, we get 500 to 600 new applications every day. The new facility would save time and give more effective service to the Indian expatriate community here. As a continuous effort to improve upon the automation, graphic scanning of application forms for passports will be introduced by next month," Sinha said after distributing the first MRP to an applicant on Tuesday.
"Four printers have already been installed in the consulate to issue new MRPs. A dedicated team is operating the service, and this facility will help prevent passport frauds," he said.