Mysuru Zilla Panchayat was transformed into a mini passport centre as hundreds of applicants thronged the venue to make use of the two-day passport seva camp organised in the city on Saturday.
Many aspirants, who had the prior appointment for the passport seva camp, were anxiously waiting at the venue, holding the printouts of the appointment details along with the requisite documents to get their documents verified. This is the third passport seva camp held in the city in the recent past.
The two-day passport seva camp organised by the Regional Passport Office, Bengaluru was inaugurated by MLA G T Devegowda in the presence of Deputy Commissioner D Randeep and Mayor B L Bhyrappa.
Delivering the inaugural address, Devegowda said: “The two-day passport seva camp will facilitate submission of passport applications and avoid residents of Mysuru and other neighbouring places to travel to Bengaluru for the submission of their passport applications. This facility will benefit hundreds of people who are aspiring to study abroad or willing to work in other countries. There is a huge demand in this region for a permanent passport Seva Kendra. Kodagu-Mysuru MP Pratap Simha has forwarded a proposal and also brought it to the notice of the concerned authorities. These camps give temporary relief but it is very essential to establish a permanent passport Seva Kendra in this part of the state.
Later, speaking to media persons, Deputy Passport Officer of Bengaluru region, Sudhi Choudhary said: “Around 400 appointments have been issued for the two-day seva camp. Nine officials from Bengaluru regional office have been deployed specially for this purpose. They will verify documents and process 200 applications each day. Those who have registered online in advance will be entertained and walk-ins are not allowed. This is the third time we are holding this passport seva camp in the city and will be working for two days for enhanced service to all the passport seekers of Mysuru and neighbouring places”.
Though there were a few issues when the camp began, they were soon sorted out with the arrival of concerned staff.
Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana, ZP CEO Shivashankar, Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies, who is also the nodal officer of the camp, K Rameshwarappa and others were present.