Here’s some good news for anyone planning to get a passport – if the cops are not able to complete the verification process in 20 days, then they may either be fined a penalty of ₹5,000 or could be asked to pay ₹250 daily.
According to a Times of India report, in a bid to promote transparency and also ensure timely dissemination of duties, the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) has suggested a new set of rules for 45 specific services.
The list includes everything that the police have to do get done in a specified time-frame or pay a fine. For instance, if a station does not provide a physical copy of an FIR on the very day that it gets lodged, it will also lead to the cop responsible getting fined.
The same goes for any impounded vehicle that has already been processed but not released within three days.
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While the total fine would be ₹5,000, a cop can also be charged ₹250 for each day that he or she has failed to deliver on a service beyond the stipulated time. Apart from passport verification, other services included are post mortem reports, issuance of licenses and more. It also calls for the registration of foreigners who visit India to be completed within seven days.
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If a procedure gets delayed, a citizen can file a complaint with appellate authority and revisional authority. The body states that the authority could be senior police officers present at the department.
It has to be noted that in India, there is only one cop for every 729 citizens and these are suggestions that have been made by the apex body. The report was made after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for uniform public services when it comes to policing.