The biggest headache while applying for a passport has been the police verification. Bribes and long waits have been the problems with police verification. Starting next year the entire process would move online and this would save you the trouble of visiting a police station.
This would reduce bottlenecks and speeding the process up. The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) will be merged. This move will eliminate the need for a physical police verification to get a new passport.
The CCTNS, an exhaustive national database of crimes and criminals was expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry. CCTNS will check the past history and background of the applicants with a single click.
For passport credentials, police is already using CCTNS in some states. Police will be given handheld devices to upload applicant's details upon reaching their home. This will not only minimize the contact of the applicant with the police officer to curb bribing but also reduce the time for getting the passport.
The police portal will give 11 searches and 46 reports from the national database for state police and central investigation agencies. Central investigating and research agencies have also been provided logins to the digital police database to access crime statistics.
The CCTNS had been expanded for further use by incorporating citizen-centric services like - tenant verification, which could be done with the consent of the person being verified, connecting the network with criminal justice delivery system and quick registration of FIR in any crime.
The chances of database hacking was always there, but enough provisions have been made to safeguard the same and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre had been employed for the task.