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New B'lore passport office to be ready by year-end: Minister

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Bangalore, June 5 (UNI) Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed today informed that the new state-of-the art building for the Bangalore passport office would be ready by the year-end.

The new building would have better amenities for the public, with adequate provision for expansion in the future, he said, after launching acceptance of passport applications at BangaloreOne centres.

''It is heartening to note that the External Affairs Ministry and the Karnataka Government have come together to set up a unique model of cooperation by launching this project and I am confident that this project will go a long way in taking passport services closer to the residents of Bangalore,'' he added.

The Minister asked the Karnataka Government to instruct the Superintendents of Police to speed up police verification of applicants for speedy despatch of passports.

Mr Ahamed said the number of Speed Post centres, which have emerged as a popular means for submission of passport applications, would be increased to 500 by August next from the present 218.

Stating that District Passport Centres functioning in 22 districts in the State account for less than four per cent of the applications, he requested the Chief Minister to provide better facilities at the centres.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, in his address, said the State Government was committed to take Information Technology to the public and in this direction, BangaloreOne, launched last year, had been well received by the public and would shortly be extended to all districts.

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