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Kolhapur: 30k passport applications cleared in '18

KOLHAPUR: The simple and easy strategy of police verification has resulted in clearing over 30,000 programs from Kolhapur district in 2018. Last year, the number used to be 27,500, stated a police officer connected with the passport workplace wing of Kolhapur police.
Kolhapur passport centre is among those centres started in the first section by means of the central govt.

"The rise in issuance of passports is due to easy and hassle-free services. The need to go abroad for education, visiting relatives, treatment, tours has led to the increase in number of applications," the police officer stated.

"With the recent directives from the passport office, our role has been limited in connection with police verification. Henceforth, we will only check the citizenship of the applicant and verify if they have any criminal record. Earlier, we used to verify their residential address and cross-check the proofs submitted by them and this used to increase the time for completing the procedure. Now, people get passport within 21 days of applying," he stated.

The Kolhapur police division has cleared 83% of the entire passport programs inside 21 days. For 2019, they have set a goal to transparent 95% of the entire programs.

The passport assortment centre in Kolhapur used to be closed in May 2012. In March 2017, a separate passport seva kendra used to be started at the submit workplace.

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