The NDA government has continued to make the process of getting passports easier. One change it has introduced is police verification after issuance of passport.
These ‘Out-of-Turn’ passports would be issued under the normal scheme as well as the ‘Tatkaal’ program.
The External Affairs Ministry (MEA) introduced this after receiving several complaints about delays in police verification, and of cops demanding bribes.
How does the process work?
Explaining the process, Passport Officer Bharat Kumar said that this scheme will be valid for first-time applicants too.
Appointment would have to be sought normally or through Tatkaal. In the former case, there would be no extra cost.
They will have to mention on the form that they are opting for the Out-of-Turn scheme.
Apart from required documents, no proof of urgency is required.
What documents are needed for ‘Out-of-Turn’ passports?
For this, applicants aged over 18 will mandatorily have to submit Aadhaar and a self-declaration prescribed in Passport Rules, 1980.
Apart from that, they can submit any two documents out of Voter ID, PAN, bank passbook, caste certificate, driving license, ration card etc.
Those under 18 can submit any one of student ID, birth certificate or ration card, apart from Aadhaar and the self-declaration.
You can speed it up further under the ‘Tatkaal’ scheme
How will the scheme help applicants?
This will be handy particularly for applicants in rural regions, where police verification often takes more than a month.
This will also help those looking to leave the country for urgent work, including admission, jobs or medical procedures.
With this, the MEA hopes to check situations where even Tatkaal applicants have had to wait for more than 10 days for appointments.
Source by:- newsbytesapp