According to the police, the average police verification time for passport issuance in Odisha has been reduced to 4 days in September 2021, compared to 26 days in 2019.
According to passport authorities’ data, the average time for passport verification in 2018 and 2019 was 26 days, and 36 days in 2020. (delay due to corona). In previous years, the average verification time was 99 days in 2017, 90 days in 2016, and 38 days in 2015, according to a tweet from the Odisha police.
The cops were waiting a few weeks to verify passports earlier this year. The state government then adopted passport verification as a 5T project. “Each police station received tablets, which were purchased and distributed. A particular app for passport verification was installed, and a new branch was established to better guide and supervise passport verification “according to the police.
Last year in the month of August, the average verification time was reduced to six days. The average time for passport verification by Odisha police during the first fortnight of September 2021 was four days, according to the Odisha police, which is among the best in the country.
An Indian passport is issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to Indian citizens for the purpose of international travel. It enables the bearer to travel internationally and serves as proof of Indian citizenship as per the Passports Act (1967). The Passport Seva (Passport Service) unit of the Consular, Passport & Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs functions as the central passport organisation, and is responsible for issuing Indian passports on demand to all eligible Indian citizens. Indian passports are issued at 93 passport offices located across India and at 197 Indian diplomatic missions abroad.
In 2015, India issued about 12 million passports, a number exceeded only by China and the United States. Approximately 65 million Indians held valid passports as of the end of 2015