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The Minister of State for External Affairs, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh interacting with the staff during his visit to review the working of Regional Passport Office, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on September 27, 2016.(PIB Photo)
The Minister of State for External Affairs, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh interacting with the staff during his visit to review the working of Regional Passport Office, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on September 27, 2016.(PIB Photo)

MEA Opens First Batch of New Post Office Passport Seva Kendras

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP), following the 24th January announcement, has opened the first batch of the Head Post Offices (HPO) in the various States as Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the citizens.

The move makes post offices escape the prospect of extinction and yet extend passport services on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage.

The pilot projects for this joint venture between MEA and DOP was inaugurated on 25 January, 2017 at the HPO at Mysuru in Karnataka and at Dahod in Gujarat. One hundred appointments are being released every day for each of these POPSK. Appointments for Mysuru are now available in 10 days while at Dahod it is available the next day.

With the successful pilot, the Government has now decided to scale up this programme by opening 56 POPSKs at the following places in the first batch of expansion:

Now applicants can apply online for their passports through the Passport Portal and get an appointment at the above POPSK to complete the remaining formalities for the passport. Ever since relaxation of rules of passport on 23 December, 2016, nearly 30% surge was seen in demand for passports.

A record number of 53,400 applications were processed on February 7th amd 49,259 of them were fresh applications, the highest since the commencement of the Passport Seva Project. Here is the full list of first batch of post offices which will serve as POPS Kendra:

Locations State Passport Office
1. Kurnool
2. Kadappa
Andhra Pradesh Vishakhapatnam
3. Silchar Assam Guwahati
4. Purnia,
5. Gopalganj
6. Muzaffarpur
7. Bhagalpur
8. Siwan
Bihar Patna
9. Surguja Chhattisgarh Raipur
10.Daman Daman Mumbai
11. Diu Diu Ahmedabad
12. Silvasa Dadra & Nagar Haveli Mumbai
13. East Delhi,
14. Noth East Delhi,
15. North West Delhi
16. South Delhi
17. West Delhi
Delhi Delhi
18. Bhuj
19. Palanpur
Gujarat Ahmedabad
20. Hisar
21. Karnal
Haryana Chandigarh
22. Faridabad Delhi
23. Palampur
24. Hamirpur
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
25. Leh
26. Udhampur
J&K Srinagar
27. Jamshedpur Jharkhand Ranchi
28. Dhanbad
29. Deoghar
30. Belgaum
31. Devangere
32. Hassan
33. Gulbarga
Karnataka Bengaluru
34. Pathanamthitta Kerala Trivandrum
35. Kasargod Kozhikode
36. Kavaratti Lakshadweep Cochin
37. Gwalior
38. Satna
39. Jabalpur
40. Vidisha
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
41. Rourkela
42. Sambalpur
43. Koraput
Odisha Bhubaneshwar
44. Kota
45. Jaisalmer
46. Jhunjhunu
47. Bikaner
48. Jhalawar
Rajasthan Jaipur
49. Salem Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
50. Vellore Chennai
51. Mehbubnagar
52. Warangal
Telangana Hyderabad
53. Asansol
54. Nadia
55. North Dinajpur
56. North Kolkata
West Bengal Kolkata

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