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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Now, it’s possible to get passport in a jiffy: Chandigarh

The regional passport office has eased the difficulties of people applying for passports. Now, if the applicant can prove his urgency with documentary evidence, he can walk into the regional passport office and get it within a short span of time.
Besides, the regional passport office has done away with clause of seeking mandatory appointment for senior citizens and children below 16 years.

The applicants who are in urgent need of passports and have all necessary documents to obtain passport and are not able to get online appointments may approach the regional passport office in Chandigarh with necessary documents.

If an applicant wants to get his/her passport processed under tatkal quota but is unavailable to book an appointment under the said quota, he can apply under normal quota and the passport will be processed as per tatkal quota rules. Also, applicants for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), senior citizens above 60 years, children below 16 years and physically challenged applicants reporting with medical certificate do not have to take an appointment and can walk-in between 9 am and 11 am on all working days.

Regional passport officer Rakesh Agrawal said: “There is no scope of touts, agents in the passport office. We have made some changes for those who want passport in emergency.” Aggarwal said the appointment cycle had been reduced to three working days in the regional passport office.

Applicants belonging to all 25 districts of regional passport office can take appointment in any of the three Passport Seva Kendras in Ambala, Chandigarh and Ludhiana as per their convenience.

He added: “We are regularly holding meeting with the police to reduce the verification time.”

Source: Hindustan Times, 15th Dec 2014

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