New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday announced opening up of eight Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) in Maharashtra for delivering passport related services across the state.
The POPSK, started in association with the Department of Post last month, will be extended at Aurangabad, Beed, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Pimpri Chinchwad, Ghatkopar, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central of the state, the ministry said in an official release.
These would be in addition to the Passport Seva Kendras functioning at Andheri East, Lower Parel, Malad, Thane, Nashik, Pune and Nagpur in Maharashtra.
A Passport Seva Laghu Kendra (PSLK) at Solapur is scheduled to be operationalised shortly.
The move will provide relief to people in these cities, especially those living in Aurangabad, Beed and Jalgaon, who needed to go to either Nagpur or Thane for passport issuance related procedure.
The MEA and Department of Posts had announced to utilise the Head Post Offices (HPO) in various states as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK). The objective of this partnership is to extend passport services on a larger scale.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP) had announced on 24 January, 2017 their decision to utilize the Head Post Offices (HPO) in the various States as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the citizens of our country.
The pilot projects for this joint venture between MEA and DOP was inaugurated on 25 January, 2017 at the Post Offices at Mysuru in Karnataka and at Dahod in Gujarat.