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Passport fee for children and senior citizens will be cheaper, says Sushma Swaraj

Passport fee for children and senior citizens will be cheaper, says Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that the government was continuously working towards taking passport services virtually to the doorsteps of citizens residing even in remote villages. 

Declaring open a Post Office Passport Service Kendra (POPSK) in the country, she said her Ministry was adopting a citizen-centric approach for passport services. 

“We are committed to simplifying the entire process of passport services with a view to processing all applications in a speedy and transparent manner and have taken a series of reforms,” she said. 

Part of this simplification process was the recent decision to do away with printing the last page in passports, she said. 

Ms Swaraj said her ministry has also decided to offer 10 per cent reduction in passport application fee for children below 8 years of age and senior citizens. 

She further said passport seva kendras in the country had last year processed 19 per cent more passport applications compared to the previous year. 

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“The Karaikal head post office is the 60th POPSK of the total of 236 to be launched throughout the country,” she said. 

The launch of POPSKs was part of a joint scheme with the Department of Posts to extend passport related services on a larger scale and ensure wider area coverage, by utilising Head Post Offices as “Post Office Passport Seva Kendra” (POPSK), she said. 

Earlier, she handed over the exit token to the first applicant who applied for passport at passport seva kendra. 

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said his government was ready to allot land to construct a separate building for Karaikal passport seva kendra and urged Ms Swaraj to expand the Karaikal seva facility. 

He also said that the Karaikal passport seva kendra would benefit the neighbouring districts of Tamil Nadu too. 




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