New Delhi: Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday announced the government's decision to do away with police verification for passport issuance, for first-time normal category passport applicants.
The minister tweeted that a passport would be issued if an application is submitted with copies of the Pan card, Aadhaar card, voter ID and an affidavit of no criminal case which includes family details and citizenship.
Swaraj said that an appointment can be chosen from the first five available dates for passport related services. Moreover, no extra charges were applicable under the new procedure.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will allow applicants to book an appointment at their convenience and any date of choice from the earliest 5 working days for the selected Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). Earlier, the PSK system fixed appointment based on availability and first-in-firstout (FIFO) principle.