Application of passport has always been a tedious task. However, thanks to our External Affair Minister, Sushma Swaraj, launched a new scheme under which a person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of stay.
The ministry, also launched a mobile application, available in Android and iOS platforms, that would have the facilities for applying, paying and scheduling appointments for acquiring a passport.
Under the new scheme, launched on the occasion of the Sixth Passport Seva Divas, a person can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for submitting the application.
The application can be submitted irrespective of whether the person's present residential address was within the jurisdiction of the selected RPO or not, a ministry of external affairs (MEA) statement said.
Swaraj termed the new rules for the application as a “passport revolution” and has even announced that the government will set up a PSK in every Lok Sabha constituency. The police verification, however, will be conducted at your present residential address only.
“The police verification, if required for a specific passport, would be conducted at the address specified in the application form. The passport will be printed and despatched by the RPO selected for application submission by the applicant,” Swaraj said.
Swaraj said, “Some married women and men said that they faced difficulties…that they are asked to show marriage certificate… there is no requirement for the marriage certificate to get a passport. We said, discard this rule. No married man or woman [has] to show a marriage certificate to get the passport.”