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Lucknow tops in issuing most passports in 2015-16

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Lucknow, Feb 17: ‘Acche din’ appear to have filly arrived for passport seekers in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow has issued the highest number of passports among all cities in the country so far in fiscal 2015-16. With 13.37 lakh new passports issued in the state, India’s most populous, 9.48 lakh are from the capital, a record of sorts, according to officials of the Regiol Passport Office (RPO) here. Major headway has been made over the year in clearing backlogs and reducing the time taken to give necessary clearances, including police verification and appointments for interviews. Passport ‘melas’ ordered by the ministry of exterl affairs have been a great help, officials said. Hasan Warsi, an Aligarh Muslim University student and a resident of Lucknow, says he had to go to Dubai for a college education programme and he got his passport “in a jiffy”. “I had heard so much negative things about the passport process and delays but was pleasantly surprised by the promptness,” Warsi told IANS. R.N. Rai, the Regiol Passport Officer, said police had been a major help as more than 90 percent verification of passport applicants was completed within two weeks, thereby expediting an otherwise long and often much criticized process. “Credit must go to police who fast-tracked the whole process,” Rai added. Of the 13.37 lakh passports made in Uttar Pradesh, police verification of 12 lakh was done within the stipulated 21 days, thus prompting early dispatch and delivery of the passports. (IANS)

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