The passport officials assured that the applicants can submit their passport applications through the website www.passportindia.gov.in and will get the appointment after two or three days of submitting the application.
“Applicants will get an application reference number of the online form. Along with this number, they also have to bring all required documents for verification to the PSK at the appointed date. Ideally, the applicant should be able to get the passport within 30 days through PSK," said K Srikar Reddy, the regional passport officer (RPO) in Hyderabad.
“In the earlier system, it used to take four weeks for police to verify because we used to send files of the applicants by post. Now, only electronic files will be sent directly from the passport office to the police headquarters. Police will verify and feed the information directly into the system and send it back to us. This will save time," Srikar added.
However, two more Passport Seva Kendra will be opened, one at Ameerpet and another at Tolichowki. In the beginning, the applicants will get an appointment with the Citizen Service Executive (CSE). The CSE will take the picture, fingerprints, upload the necessary data into the database and will verify the documents. After that, the applicants have to meet the Verification Officers, where another verification round will be conducted.
In addition, the applicants have to face the granting officers, then police will conduct the final verification, before the passport is issued.