On Tuesday evening, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj announced a new scheme, under which any person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of stay.
The notification stressed in many aspects, like ‘The passport application can be submitted irrespective of whether the person’s present residential address was within the jurisdiction of the selected RPO or not. The police verification for a specific passport will be conducted at the address specified in the application form. The passport, being printed and dispatched by the RPO selected for application submission by the applicant to the address specified in the application’.
Swaraj, while speaking at the launch of the initiatives, said there had been “revolutionary” changes in the process for applying for a passport.
A mobile application was also launched along with the notification, which would be easily available in Android and iOS platforms, providing facilities for applying, paying and scheduling appointments for acquiring a passport.
The statement also focused relating, “This citizen-centric initiative of the ministry is expected to benefit the applicants who are unable to apply at a PSK or POPSK near their ordinary place of residence, With the launch of the ‘mPassport Seva App’, a person would not require access to a computer and printer to apply for a passport. Recommended By Colombia.