A proposal to set up a Passport Seva Kendra or Mini Passport Seva Kendra in Mysore has been submitted to the Central Government, said Regional Passport Officer (RPO) P.S. Karthigeyan.

He was addressing the industrialists at an interactive session organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysore at a private hotel in city yesterday.

There has been a drastic increase in the number of people travelling to foreign countries, which has increased the demand for passports. Mysore, being one of the major industrial areas, there is a demand to setup a Passport Seva Kendra to help the citizens. Considering all these factors, a proposal has been sent to Union Foreign Affairs Ministry to setup a Passport Seva Kendra and the Central Government is expected to take a decision in the month of September or October, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mysore Industries Association General Secretary Suresh Kumar Jain suggested that instead of the Mini Passport Kendra, the city needed a Passport Seva Kendra as Mysore division houses around 400 small scale industries and 150 medium and major industries. Reacting to this, Karthigeyan said that the Mini Passport Kendra will have all the facilities except that the number of people working at the Kendra would be less.

He also suggested the industrialists to pressurise the Central Government through their representatives to setup a fullfledged Passport Seva Kendra and added that measures have been taken to curb middlemen at the Passport Seva Kendra.

He said that the interview process of all the applicants will be done through transparency.

Karthigeyan said that the opening of a Passport Seva Kendra in Mysore will also help people in Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu and other surrounding districts.

On the request to remit the passport fees at different branches instead of one branch, RPO Karthigeyan said that it was not possible owing to security reasons.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore