9. Dec, 2006.
Get passport without Police report?
MUMBAI: A week after the government relaxed emigration curbs needed for overseas travel, the Centre was mulling a drastic dilution of police verification rules for getting a passport. 

At a high-level meeting in New Delhi recently, it was proposed that a passport should be issued without waiting for the police verification certificate if an applicant submits at least three of the 14 certificates prescribed by the ministry of external affairs. 

These include identity cards issued by the Election Commission, state governments, the central government, public sector undertakings, SC\ST\OBC certificate, freedom fighterís ID card, arms licence, property documents, ration card, pass book issued by a bank or post office, pension order, PAN card issued by the income-tax department, ID-card issued by a recognised educational institute, driving licence, birth certificate and kisan vikas patras. 

Along with this relaxation, the Centre is also planning to reduce the time-frame for issuing passports under the 'tatkal' scheme. Currently, on payment of an additional Rs 1,500, a person gets his passport in 10 days and on payment of Rs 1,000 in 20 days. It has been proposed that these periods be reduced to seven and 15 days. 

"The revised guidelines have been framed and they will be ratified at a conference of regional passport officers to be held in Chennai on December 21 and 22. Since itís a formality, the revised rules on police verification will come into force from January 1, 2007, 

Passport offices now forward applications to the police station concerned for verification of applicantís address and criminal record. 



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