Indian Passports Misused
The report that Bangladeshis are getting and using Indian passports is most disturbing. The most obvious reason for Bangladeshis being able to secure Indian passports is that touts are obviously being tolerated by the authorities issuing passports and such touts are able to call the shots. How does a person who is not an Indian tiol secure an Indian passport? The person uses forged documents to establish an Indian identity and does not get caught because the police verification is not rigid and meticulous enough and the passport authorities do not have the means to distinguish between genuine documents and forged ones. On top of this, there is the opportunity given to touts to have a hand in the process. The situation cannot be tolerated because issuing Indian passports to foreign tiols could amount to issuing passports to foreign agents who may even be enemies of our country. The responsibility for the issue of Indian passports to Bangladeshis or other foreigners must rest squarely on our passport authorities and our police force. To admit that touts have gained control over a sensitive facet of our governce is to admit that our passport authorities have not been able to elimite unscrupulous extraneous elements from the system.