Coming as a big relief to passport applicants, Gurugram Police on Monday announced Android-based tablets and mobile application to carry out police verification reducing the time and hassle that goes into the process.
Now, cops will conduct on-spot verification using tablets given to them and upload the report on the Union external affairs ministry.
Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said,
With the introduction of mPassport app and smartphones, the passport verification process will henceforth be paperless.
He informed that the process will ease the burden on police and will help in fast-track insurance as well as the renewal of passports. Some police stations in the city will get an additional two to three tabs, depending on the number of passport applications they receive.
Post the new paperless plans, a police officer would visit the applicant’s home who will have to submit a photo along with any two of the 12 authorized identity documents, including voter ID or PAN card.
Until now, passport processing takes about 25 days out of which 10 to 15 days go for police verification. In such a scenario, the new process will cut down this time to a maximum of two days.
A Meeting of Deputy Commissioners of Police, Assistant Deputy Commissioners, and Station House Officers chaired by Khirwar was conducted where Assistant Deputy Commissioners and Station House Officers. The application will help police officers to directly update the verification report digitally into the system.