Following a plea to start a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Mysore by Chamarajanagar MP R. Dhruvanarayana in his letter to the Ministry of External Affairs dated May 30, 2013, Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has clarified that the Ministry has requested National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) to undertake a fresh feasibility study at various locations in country from where there have been many requests to start Passport Seva Kendras.

He has said that the outcome of the study would be placed before the Union Cabinet to take a holistic decision on setting up more PSKs in the country including one in Mysore.

Khurshid, in his letter dated July 18, 2013 to Dhruvanarayana, has said Passport Seva Project had been implemented by the Ministry after a study conducted by NISG and approval of the Cabinet in Sept. 2007 for establishing 77 PSKs in the country on PPP basis. The study had taken into account the number of passport applications received.

All the 77 PSKs have been successfully set up as extended arms of the existing 37 passport offices. Out of the 77 PSKs, four are in Karnataka, two in Bangalore and one each in Mangalore and Hubli. These were operationalised in May 2010. A Passport Seva Laghu Kendra in Gulbarga is also functioning as Passport Application Collection Centre.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore