Hindustan Times (Delhi)

CLASS 1 OFFICER’S NOD NOT NEEDED TO APPLY FOR A TATKAL PASSPORT

- Parth Welankar parth.welankar@hindustant­imes.com CONTINUED ON P 10

PUNE: The ministry of external affairs has decided to do away with the mandatory requiremen­t of a so-called Class 1 officer’s recommenda­tion on the applicatio­n for a passport under the tatkal or instant category, in a move that could see an increase in the number of applicants under the category and also make it easier for those who urgently require a passport to get one.

Until now, following annexure F (specimen verificati­on certificat­e for passport under tatkal only), a certificat­e by a Class 1 officer recommendi­ng the passport be issued under the tatkal category was required.

As per the new rules in effect from January 25, 2018, this is not required. JD Vaishampay­an, IES regional passport officer, Pune, said: “Henceforth, there won’t be any need of a Class 1 officer’s verificati­on for tatkal passports.”

Dnyaneshwa­r Mulay, secretary, ministry of external affairs and overseas Indian affairs added: “We have taken this step to let the people know that the Government of India trusts its people completely.

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