Have An Aadhaar Card ? Get Your Passport In 10 Days
Here’s good news for owners of Aadhaar card. If you have it, you can now get your passport in 10 days, skipping the time-consuming police verification process, which will be done later. To expedite the passport issuing system, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has now decided to rely on Aadhaar card for identification of the applicant and on the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) database for validation of his/her criminal antecedents, said a ministry official.
With the applicant’s self-declaration on aspects like citizenship, criminal antecedents, criminal proceedings, summons/warrants sufficing, the government will start issuing fresh passports on condition that the applicant will get the police verification done later. This is done in case of Tatkaal seva, too.
The simplified police verification system seeks to resolve issues raised from time to time regarding prior police verification and consequent delay in issuance of passports. In the new format, the applicant would apply online; he or she needs only to attach the Aadhaar card as the sole address and identity proof. The applicant will get the appointment within three days and in another seven days, the passport will be processed and dispatched.
According to the new modalities devised by MEA, the home and law ministries and the Intelligence Bureau, the government, on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made Aadhaar card a mandatory requirement for issuance of passports. The MEA has coordinated with UIDAI to implement this. In case the applicant does not have an Aadhaar card, his/her Aadhaar enrolment number would suffice since the identity of a person who has enrolled has also been verified to a great extent.
Regarding the verification of criminal antecedents, NCRB has put a system in place which will help it validate the applicant’s records based on its database. Under the current scheme of things, passports are issued within a week of receipt of police verification reports. The applicant may now be given the address of the police station responsible for verification at the time of issue of passport. This will help him/her actively pursue and complete the process of verification before travelling abroad. Any wrong declaration by the applicant would entail impounding or revocation of passport, said an MEA official. Courtesy : [IndiaTimes]