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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Passport counters at head post offices

BHUBANESWAR: The regional passport office (RPO) here has decided to start 'passport facilitation centres' at head post offices across Odisha to guide applicants fill up forms online.

"We have written to the department of posts to identify the head post offices and speed post centres where we can start the facilitation service. Applicants need to pay only Rs 100 to the postal department towards the service," regional passport officer Padma Mahanti told TOI.

"The postal employees will check the requisite documents. The move is aimed at preventing the non-computer savvy applicants from approaching the touts," Mahanti said.

After filling up forms, the applicants need to visit the RPO where the authorities will collect their biometric fingerprints.

Till June 2012, the head post offices used to receive passport applications in the state, but the practice was discontinued after collection of biometric fingerprints was introduced at passport seva kendra.

"The post offices were only receiving applications. They were not guiding the applicants. The process was discontinued as post offices did not have the device to collect biometric fingerprints," Mahanti said.
Source : The Times of India

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