The much awaited passport project has been finally established as news flashed everywhere today regarding the announcements. Passport related matters are sure to get a lot faster with the proceedings. As reported in a few news sites, here is the update:
“Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will open six offices across India in October to provide passport services, a company official has said. The much delayed 'Passport Seva Project' is expected to take off with this move.
With the launch of this Rs 100 billion project, the processing time for issuance of a passport is expected to be reduced to three days and to one day under the Tatkal (immediate) scheme.
"In the first phase of this project, computerized passport facilitation centers will be opened in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Ambala, Bangalore, Mangalore and Hubli," TCS global government industry group vice president Mr. Tanmoy Chakraborty said on the sidelines of an IT summit here.
"Depending on the response, we have plans to increase the number of such facilitation centers to over 70 all across the country by June 2010," he added. "The implementation of this project has been delayed due to non availability of disaster recovery sites. But gradually things have been sorted out," stated Mr. Tanmoy Chakraborty. TCS was awarded the project in 2008. The Ministry of External Affairs will monitor its working.