MEA unhappy over move to ease passport norms

 Passports are meant to be issued within 45 days of receipt of the police report. In case the applicant submits a verification certificate from a competent authority — an official of the rank of superintendent of police or joint secretary in the state government or deputy secretary in the central government — police verification is waived and passport issued within 30 days.

Some senior MEA officials objected to the proposed relaxation.

“If rules are eased in such a manner, the Indian passport will lose its importance and respect. A large number of countries will not issue visas to Indians pending verification by their own agencies,” an official said. At the moment, the Indian passport commands respect because of the strict verification procedure, he added.

Click for complete article

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: