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India: Trial Run of E-Passport Centres Begins
Source: egovonline.net
Source Date: Monday, September 06, 2010
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: India
Created: Sep 13, 2010

With the trial run of e-Passport centres beginning at Chandigarh, Ambala and Ludhiana, the central government has set the ball rolling for the implementation of an ambitious project of computerised passport service centres across the country. With an aim to streamline the issuance of passports, the central government plans to open around 77 such centres in various states. The existing 37 regional passport centres will act as headquarters for the new centres.

Three states in the north and three in the south have been identified for establishing the centres. In the south, new passport centres have started functioning in Bangalore, Mangalore and Hubli. Three in the north have been recently set up and the trial run has begun.

The seven pilot projects are being run for three months and in the meantime, the government is finalising the list of states where other centres need to come up. These new centres will ensure an applicant gets a passport within three days of applying and within 24 hours under the Tatkal scheme.
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