Those who have passports are well aware of the hassles involved in the entire process of availing one in India.
Often it is the delay or lack of police verification due to which applicants end up receiving their passports a lot later than the expected period.
To get rid of this glitch, an online procedure, replacing physical check on the applicant’s background, has been pushed out by the government.
The process incorporates a freshly created national database that will include the offenses of criminals under the Home Ministry’s Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS) initiative.
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Digital Police portal, that integrates 15,398 police stations across India under a single platform, was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. Apart from reporting criminal activities, citizens can utilise the portal to request antecedent verification as well.
“The police portal will provide citizens the facility for online complaint registration and request for antecedent verification. The CCTNS project will help in realising the Prime Minister’s dream of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’,” Singh said at the launch, reports Times of India.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi stated that the CCTNS would also be linked to the passport seva software, which will enable online police verification for passports to be carried out within a year. He also mentioned that more citizen-centric services will be integrated under the process soon.
Enabling online transmission of police verification requests by the passport office followed by online verification using the database on crime and criminals also simplifies the physical visits to applicant’s neighbourhood by the concerned personnel.
The inputs and comments can be transmitted back straight to the passport office through hand-held mobile/tablet devices.
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“Police in some states like Telangana are already using CCTNS for passport credentials. They will be given hand-held devices to go to an applicant’s address and upload his or her details onto the network. It will minimise contact with police and reduce time,” Mehrishi told.
According to a home ministry official, though the focus at the moment lays on helping law enforcement organisations to keep a track on crimes and criminals and passport verification, the CCTNS project will extend its operations to e-courts and e-prisons in upcoming months.
“This will allow police to access court and prison records, aiding investigation,” he said.
You can know more at the Digital Police portal or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.