Appeal to elevate Udaipur Passport Seva Kendra to Regional Passport Office status

Appeal to elevate Udaipur Passport Seva Kendra to Regional Passport Office status

Udaipur passport center processes around 50,000 applications annually

 
Passport Seva Kendra

In June 2017, the former External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, presented the gift of a Passport Seva Kendra to Udaipur. She assured that within 5 years, the Udaipur Passport Seva Kendra would be elevated to the status of a Regional Passport Office. However, there has been no progress on this upgrade thus far. Recently, local representatives and prominent figures from Udaipur brought this matter to the attention of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla during a meeting.

During a meeting with former Udaipur's Ex Mayor Chandrasingh Kothari, the delegates conveyed to Birla that in January of this year, the Parliamentary Committee of the Ministry of External Affairs visited Udaipur. The committee's chairman agreed to expedite the elevation of the center to the status of a Regional Passport Office within a span of 4 months. At the meeting, Kothari handed over a letter to Birla, wherein he highlighted that the Udaipur center is currently handling approximately 50,000 passport applications each year.

Kothari was accompanied by Pramod Samar, the former chairman of the Municipal Corporation's board Devendra Javalia, Tejendra Singh Robin, Om Chittoda, Kiran Nagauri, and others. 

Passport Seva Kendra

There is an urgent requirement for a passport office in Southern Rajasthan due to regional considerations. The proposed center would be equipped with proper resources and facilities, serving the needs of eight districts adjacent to the Udaipur headquarters: Dungarpur, Banswara, Pratapgarh, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara, Rajsamand, Pali, and Sirohi.

The present location of the passport office in Udaipur is housed within a building that was provided free of cost by the Municipal Corporation during the tenure of Mayor. As a result, the Ministry of External Affairs saved approximately one crore rupees, along with ongoing annual savings. A significant portion of individuals departing from the Udaipur division to foreign destinations, particularly the Gulf countries, are comprised of individuals from impoverished backgrounds, laborers, and tribal communities seeking employment opportunities.

Numerous individuals from this region travel abroad for various purposes including education, business, and tourism. However, at times, decisions regarding passport applications are not promptly made at the Udaipur Passport Seva Kendra. Consequently, the files of these applicants are transferred to the Jaipur Passport Office, necessitating that these applicants obtain appointments and travel to Jaipur once again.

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