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New
Delhi,
Jun
24
:
The
External
Affairs
Ministry
rose
to
the
occasion
to
meet
the
increased
demand
for
passport
services
built
up
due
to
two-and-half-years
of
the
Covid
pandemic,
and
recorded
an
impressive
monthly
average
of
9
lakh,
Union
minister
S
Jaishankar
said
on
Friday.

MEA met increased demand for passport services with monthly average of 9 lakh: Jaishankar

In
his
message
on
the
occasion
of
Passport
Seva
Divas,
the
external
affairs
minister
said
passport
services
were
rendered
with
the
same
vigour
and
enthusiasm
even
during
the
testing
times
of
the
Covid
pandemic.

The
ministry
rose
to
the
occasion
to
meet
the
increased
demand
for
passport
services
built
up
due
to
two
and
half
years
of
the
pandemic,
and
dealt
it
swiftly
with
an
impressive
monthly
average
of
9
lakh,
with
4.50
lakh
additional
applications
granted
in
the
last
one
month,
thus
setting
a
record,
Jaishankar
said.

“As
we
commemorate
the
Passport
Seva
Divas
on
24
June
this
year,
we
continue
our
commitment
to
deliver
the
next
level
of
citizen
experience.
Looking
back,
I
am
glad
that
we
have
been
very
successful
in
simplification
of
the
passport
rules
and
procedures
for
the
citizens,”
he
said.

To
further
smoothen
the
passport
delivery
ecosystem,
the
ministry
is
continuously
working
with
state,
and
union
territory
police
forces
to
reduce
the
time
taken
for
police
verification

the
mPassport
Police
App
is
now
used
in
22
States/UTs
covering
8,275
police
stations,
he
said.

The
Passport
Seva
System
has
also
been
integrated
with
DigiLocker
system
to
facilitate
paperless
documentation
process,
he
noted.
The
ministry
in
collaboration
with
Department
of
Posts
operationalised
428
Post
Office
Passport
Seva
Kendras
(POPSKS)
to
reach
out
to
our
citizens
at
their
doorsteps,
Jaishankar
said.

Recognising
the
need
to
continually
improve
the
quality
of
passport
services,
the
Passport
Seva
Programme
(PSP)
will
be
embarking
on
PSP
V2.0,
an
improved
and
up
graded
version
of
P
SP
V1.0,
which
would
ensure
a
digital
ecosystem
among
all
stakeholders
and
offer
enhanced
passport
services
to
citizens,
he
said.

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