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QUESTION NO.659 PASSPORT LAGHU SEVA KENDRAS

February 08, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.659
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.02.2018

PASSPORT LAGHU SEVA KENDRAS

659. DR. R. LAKSHMANAN:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government proposes to open any Passport Laghu Seva Kendras (PSLK) in Tamil Nadu during the next three years;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) to (c) At present, 92 Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) are operating across the country as extended arms of the 37 Passport Offices, thus providing extended reach to passport applicants. The list is at Annexure-I.PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. The 93rd PSK is scheduled to be inaugurated at Siliguri on 17 February, 2018.

The Ministry in association with the Department of Posts has decided to open 251 Passport Seva Kendras at the Head Post Offices (HPO)/ Post Offices (PO) in the country called ‘Post Office Passport Seva Kendra’ (POPSK). The list of these 251 POPSK is at Annexure-II.PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. 60 POSPK are functional as on 3 February, 2018 including two in Tamil Nadu at Salem and Vellore.

12 more POPSK would be set-up in Tamil Nadu at Cuddalore, Dindigul, Kanyakumari, Namakkal, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Tiruppur, Tiruvannamalai, Viluppuram and Virudhunagar. The Ministry intends to complete the requisite formalities for these locations at the earliest.

The Government intends to open POPSK in the HPO in the country in such a manner that Passport Seva Kendra facility is available to citizens within a radius of approximately 50 kms.

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