The Mysuru Zilla Panchayat office on Saturday turned into a mini passport centre with hundreds of applicants thronging the venue where a two-day Passport Seva Camp began. Applicants from Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Kodagu attended the camp that was being organised in the city for the second time.
Aspirants, holding a printout of the appointment details along with the requisite documents, got their documents verified and processed. The camp that was organised by Regional Passport Office Bengaluru was inaugurated by Mysuru and Kodagu MP Pratap Simha.
The MP said: “The camp will facilitate submission of passport application and people can avoid travelling all the way to Bengaluru. This is the second time a camp has been organised in the city following huge demand. A permanent Passport Seva Kendra will be established in the city and I have already raised the issue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.”
Speaking to City Today, Regional Passport Officer P S Karthikeyan said: “Around 450 appointments for two days have been issued this time. We will verify documents and process 225 applications each day. Compared to last year where 300 documents were processed, this year an additional 150 appointments have been issued.”
Though only 225 appointments were given on the first day, nearly 500 people had gathered in front of the Zilla Panchayat hoping to get on-the-spot appointment due to lack of information.
Speaking to this newspaper, senior citizen M S Pai said that there was no proper intimation regarding appointments. “Just like Bengaluru passport office, we thought there would be walk-in facility for senior citizens. But when we came here we were told that walk-in facilities were not entertained and the officers are asking us to go to Bengaluru,” he said.
MP Dhruvanarayan, MLA Vasu, Additional DC Venkatesh, Food and Civil Supplies Deputy Director K Rameshwarappa, ZP CEO PA Gopal and others were present.
Best regional office
Regional Passport Office Bengaluru has been awarded the Best Regional Passport office in the country by the Ministry of External Affairs out of 37 passport offices in the country. In 2015 Bengaluru RPO has issued 6.05 lakh passports and has generated a revenue of 101 crore, in 2016 till now we have issued 1.3 lakh and hoping to issue nearly 7 lakh passports this year.