Hindustan Times (Delhi)
“This is one of the steps in the direction of MEA’S consistent efforts towards formulating a pro-people policy.”
“Not every citizen knows and has access to a Class 1 officer. This decision would help all such common citizens of our nation wanting to apply for a tatkal passport. If an applicant provides all the necessary documents and all of those are valid documents, we don’t need a middleman to verify it,” he said. “With this new norm in effect, the documents an applicant would need for applying in the tatkal category are an Aadhaar card, Pan card and election card.
A Class 1 officer is someone at the level of deputy secretary or above, working for the Government of India or a state government. Also, gazetted officers include a district collector, superintendent of police, assistant commissioners, tehsildars or government officials with a higher designation are considered Class 1 officers.
As opposed to a normal passport application, a tatkal passport application ensures quick verification and faster processing. Passports issued under this scheme are dispatched within one to three working days from the time the applicant furnishes the required paperwork at a passport seva kendra.