Hindustan Times (Delhi)
CLASS 1 OFFICER’S NOD NOT NEEDED TO APPLY FOR A TATKAL PASSPORT
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.