Inaugurating the “DigiLocker” platform for the “Passport Seva Programme” of the Ministry of External Affairs, Union minister V Muraleedharan on Friday mentioned it would allow citizens to submit the paperwork needed for passport solutions in a paperless mode and they would not be needed to carry the unique paperwork. Speaking at the occasion, the minister of state for external affairs mentioned the “Passport Seva Programme” has brought in massive transformation in direction of the delivery of passport solutions in the nation.
“This has observed a sea transform in the final 6 many years. The month-to-month submission of applications has crossed the 1 million-mark for the initial time in 2017. I am informed that extra than 7 crore passports have been issued as a result of the Passport Seva venture until date,” he mentioned.
“We took quite a few sizeable ways to increase the support delivery practical experience for the citizens. Not only the operate of simplifying passport principles has been accomplished but also, we have worked in direction of taking passport solutions closer to the doorstep of the citizens,” Muraleedharan additional. Noting that beginning passport seva kendras in head submit offices was a phase in this route, he mentioned as a consequence of that, 426 submit workplace passport seva kendras (POPSKs) have been operationalised and a lot of extra are in the pipeline. This, when additional to the 36 passport offices and 93 present passport seva kendras, tends to make a complete of 555 passport offices for the public, the minister mentioned.
To give additional fillip to the citizen-centric technique and enrich the passport support practical experience in a paperless mode, “we have now effectively integrated into the DigiLocker platform of the government”, he mentioned. This would allow citizens to submit the paperwork needed for passport solutions in a paperless mode as a result of DigiLocker, Muraleedharan mentioned, including that now, they are not needed to carry the unique paperwork. “I would also like to include right here that as a up coming phase, we are doing work on the concept of a passport to be incorporated as 1 of the paperwork in DigiLocker.
Moving forward, I am assured that this will aid the citizens to retrieve the passport every time needed,” he mentioned. In situation of reduction of passport and although reissuance, this facility will be of excellent aid, the minister pointed out. DigiLocker is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) underneath the Digital India Corporation (DIC). DigiLocker aims at “digital empowerment” of citizens by supplying entry to genuine digital paperwork in their digital document wallet.
The issued paperwork in the DigiLocker process are deemed to be at par with unique bodily paperwork. “We are also doing work in direction of rolling out e-passports for the citizens that are intended to improve protection, generating it extra tough to tamper with the information recorded on a passport, therefore limiting the odds of fraud,” Muraleedharan mentioned. In the coming many years, biometric passports would aid increase immigration processes at airports that are outfitted with automated e-passport gates, he additional. In the approaching Passport Seva Programme V2., the use of emerging technologies this kind of as artificial intelligence (AI), machine finding out, chatbot, analytics, robotic course of action automation (RPA) will additional ease the practical experience of the citizens and lead to expeditious support delivery, the minister mentioned. With the availability of the DigiLocker facility now, the citizens do not have to appear for the unique paperwork to carry with themselves when they are away from dwelling, he mentioned.
“I welcome all the citizens to use the DigiLocker facility and make the passport application course of action paperless,” Muraleedharan mentioned. For the ease of the Indian diaspora abroad to avail passport solutions smoothly, the government has integrated 150 Indian missions and posts in foreign nations into the Passport Seva venture, he mentioned.
“The government underneath (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has been offering due relevance to realising the complete possible of Digital India. Digital India is transformational, it brought in public accountability as a result of mandated delivery of the government’s solutions electronically and minimised the interaction amongst officials and citizens. “I am assured that leveraging the DigiLocker for passport solutions would be certain ease of entry for all citizens,” the minister additional.