A person can now apply for passport from anywhere in India online irrespective of the place of stay.
External affairs minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday launched a new scheme under which a person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of stay on the occasion of the Sixth Passport Seva Divas on 26 June 2018.
Until now, applicants had no choice but to apply for the document at Passport Seva Kendra (PSKs) in the areas where they lived and the application could only be made on a laptop or a personal computer.
How to apply for passport from anywhere in India online?
# The Central government on Tuesday launched a smartphone app that allows an Indian citizen to now apply for passport from anywhere in India online by using their mobile phone without coming to the passport office near his/her home.
# The new mobile application, available on Android and iOS platforms, that would have the facilities for applying, paying and scheduling appointments for acquiring a passport.
# Under the new scheme launched on the occasion of the Sixth Passport Seva Divas, a person can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for submitting the application.
# The application can be submitted irrespective of whether the person’s present residential address was within the jurisdiction of the selected RPO or not, as per the report of the ministry of external affairs (MEA).
#The police verification, if required for a specific passport, would be conducted at the address specified in the application form.
# The passport will be printed and despatched by the RPO selected for application submission by the applicant.
# For example, a resident of Jaipur, who is temporarily residing in Kolkata, will now be able to apply at a PSK or POPSK under the RPO, Kolkata, and will not have to travel all the way back to Jaipur to submit an application for a passport at a PSK or POPSK under the Jaipur RPO.
# Applicants are requested to visit the Passport Portal at www.passportIndia.gov.in for further details on this new scheme.
How will the new ‘mPassport Seva App’ help applicants?
# Now apply for passport from anywhere in India online. The new ‘mPassport Seva App’ will benefit the applicants who are unable to apply at a PSK or POPSK near their ordinary place of residence.
# With the launch of the ‘mPassport Seva App’, a person would not require access to a computer and printer to apply for a passport.
# The new app will support services such as new user registration; signing in to a registered user account; application form filing to apply for passport and police clearance certificate; paying for passport services; appointment scheduling; application availability status; document advisor; and fee calculator.
# A large number of passport-related rules were either simplified or done away with, making life easier for citizens applying for passports. These include acceptance of a large number of documents as valid proof of date of birth; doing away with the requirement to furnish marriage certificate; no need to mention the names of estranged spouses in the case of a divorced person and providing passports to ascetics (sadhus), accepting their spiritual masters (guru) as their fathers.
The present status of Passport Seva Kendra
At present, across India, there are around 77 Passport Seva Kendra form the past 5 decades. With the coming of Modi government, 231 more were added to the list from the past 4 years. Noting that at present there were 307 PSKs in the country.
In December 2016, the government introduced rules that allowed applicants to submit any government document that bears their dates of birth such as school-leaving certificates, driving licences, PAN cards, Aadhar cards, voter cards, even policies issued by the state-owned insurer.
The government also said that attestation by magistrates or notaries would no longer be necessary and self-declaration on plain paper will do.
Single parents, divorced or separated people and adopted children were among those who benefited from the changes made in 2016.