Friday, 3 July 2015

Passport Seva goes rural via Common Services Centers

The Ministry of External Affairs, along with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited , is ready to release Passport related services with the large network of over one lakh Common Services Centers (CSCs) throughout country hinterland. The initiative would largely link the digital divide in the country.

The CSC Scheme was approved by the Government of India in September 2006 for setting up of 100,000+ (One Lakh+) Internet made it possible for facilities in country locations under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The CSCs are the distribution factors for Government, Private and Social Sector services in the areas of agriculture, health and wellness, education and learning, financial, insurance policy, pension plan, energy costs settlements, entertainment, etc. to country citizens of India at their doorstep. The ticket relevant solutions are being included as component of their bouquet of solutions.

Under the Passport Seva, the Ministry has actually made it necessary to finish the whole kind filing procedure on-line, including payment of suitable charge as well as scheduling of visit for looking for Passport related solutions. The CSCs would certainly facilitate loading as well as publishing of Passport application, payment of relevant fee (via debit/credit card or via SBI net banking/challan method) as well as organizing of session for the see to the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) at nominal fee not going beyond Rs. 100/-. As each the appointment routine, a candidate will have to see the PSK for completion of application entry procedure (including collection of electronic photographs/biometrics, confirmation of supporting documents as well as approval). The services via CSCs would certainly be available throughout the week, consisting of throughout the weekend.

The services would be shortly released in pilot method at 15 pick CSC areas in Uttar Pradesh as well as Jharkhand in the second week of March 2014. The complete roll out throughout the country is expected to end by end of March 2014.

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