Message of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar Regarding Passport Seva Divas held on 24 June
It gives me great pleasure to felicitate all our Passport Issuing Authorities in India and abroad on the occasion of the Passport Seva Divas. The Ministry of External Affairs. along with the Central Passport Organization. Is marking this occasion and renewing our commitment to provide passport and passport-related services to the citizens of India in a timely, reliable manner. accessible, transparent and efficient manner. I congratulate the Passport Offices, who have continued to deliver passport services at a high standard, even during the pandemic.
The Ministry of External Affairs has leveraged greater use of IT and digital systems into its functioning, including delivering public services. The Passport Seva Programme (PSP) currently encompasses 555 Passport Kendra across the length and breadth of our country, including 36 Passport Offices, 93 Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) and 426 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK). We are working closely with the Department of Posts for setting up a new POPSK to extend the outreach of our passport services to the citizens. The Ministry has successfully integrated the passport issuance systems in 174 of our Missions/Posts abroad into the PSP, enabling us to deliver the passport and passport-related services to our Diaspora abroad efficiently.
Digital platforms such as the mPassport Seva Mobile App for submission of passport applications and the citizen-friendly ‘Apply from Anywhere’ Scheme has eased the process for submission of passport applications by the citizens. The mPassport Police App has led to expediting police verification. In a major digital transformation, the Ministry has Integrated the Passport Seva Programme with DigiLocker, enabling citizens to submit various documents for obtaining passport services through DigiLocker in a paperless mode. We need to continue further simplifying the passport rules and increasing our efforts to provide passport services in a comfortable environment with wider accessibility and reliability and minimizing the compliance burden on citizens.
I call upon all Passport Issuing Authorities in India and abroad to make conscious efforts to further improve the delivery of passport and passport related services, particularly utilising the new opportunities offered by increased use of technology that enable closer engagement with citizens.
Dr S Jaishankar-External Affairs Minister