To provide better access of Passport offices to rural India, the central government has decided to open 800 passport centres at all the district head post offices across the country.
These centres will start operations within two years.
“150 post office passport seva kendras are being opened this year and within two years all the 800 head post offices in all the districts would be in place. We have decided to ensure that no citizen is made to travel long distances for a passport. People in far-flung areas of the country find it difficult to obtain passports and redress passport-related grievances,”said Minister of State, External Affairs, V K Singh, while attending an event in Bhubaneswar.
The Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Posts is collaborating to deliver passport related services to rural masses.
“It has been decided to utilise head post offices as front offices for rendering passport services under this novel programme,” he said.
Government has already expanded the passport services. Procedures for obtaining passports have also been simplified so that more and more people can apply for passports.