28-08-2017 10:30 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream
Many changes have been made by the External Affairs Ministry in their rules regarding the issue of passports.
On Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated India’s first ‘Videsh Bhavan’ in Mumbai.
As per Sushma Swaraj, the Ministry of External Affairs has shown an exceptional and progressive change right from the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party has come to power. Adding to the accomplishments of her department, she stated that a number of passports centres have been opened across the country. From only 77 passport centres in the country in 2014, they have made it to about 235 centres in just past six months! The Ministry has further amended many rules that have created inconvenience amongst applicants. Earlier, orphans weren’t issued passports as they had no birth certificates. Also, divorcees hadn't issued passports. All these have been now changed.
The first Videsh Bhavan has incorporated all Regional Passport Offices into one. Four offices that have been assimilated into one are Regional Passport Office (RPO), Protector of Emigrants (PoE) office, Branch Secretariat and Regional Office of the ICCR. This comes as a part of their first project.
The inauguration was attended by many dignitaries namely Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh who is the Minister of State for External Affairs, Maharashtra’s Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and many others.
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