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Details of the Number of Passport Seva Kendra Across the Country Including Maharashtra and West Bengal



Details of the Number of Passport Seva Kendra Across the Country Including Maharashtra and West Bengal

PASSPORT SEVA KENDRAS 

(a) Before 2014, 77 Passport Seva Kendras were operational in the country. After 2014, 16 new Passport Seva Kendras were established by this Government. Thereafter, in the year 2017, a decision was taken in co-operation with the Department of Posts to open ‘Post Office Passport Seva Kendras’ (POPSK), under which as on 06 February, 2019, 326 POPSK have been established. Thus, as on 06 February, 2019, 419 ‘Passport Kendras’ are operational in the country (which includes 29 in Maharashtra and 29 in West Bengal) (Annexure-I).
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(b) & (c) Yes, the Ministry has plans to issue chip enabled e-passports to citizens with advanced security features and better printing and paper quality. The Government has given its approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports to India Security Press (ISP), Nashik. In this regard, ISP, Nashik, has been authorized to float a Global three-stage tender for procurement of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)-compliant electronic contactless inlays along with its operating system which is required for manufacture of e-passports. Manufacture of e-passport with advanced security features and better printing and paper quality will commence on the successful completion of the tendering and procurement process by ISP, Nashik. 

The personal particulars of the applicants would be digitally signed and stored in the chip. In case, anyone tampers with the chip, the system shall be able to identify it resulting in the failure of the passport authentication. Access of information is protected in a way that the chip cannot be read without physical possession of the passport. 

(d) & (e) Rationalization and simplification of Visa regime is a continuous process. Foreigners of Indian origin can avail Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card scheme. As per the provisions of the scheme, OCI card holders get the benefit of a multiple entry life-long visa for visiting India for any purpose. 

Further, foreigners of Indian origin may also obtain multiple entry visa for the period of five years at a time from our Mission/ Post. 

In addition, the spouse and children of an Indian citizen/Person of Indian origin/OCI card holder may obtain multiple entry Visa for a period of five year at a time. 

Foreigners of Indian origin can also avail e-Visa facility, which is available for the nationals of 166 countries. 
Annexure-I
List of operational Passport Kendras as on 06.02.2019
S.No. Locations State/UT Passport Offi ce
1 Anantpur Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
2 Bhimavaram Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
3 Rajampet (Kodur) Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
4 Bapatla Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
5 Chittoor Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
6 Guntur Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
7 Machlipattnam (Gudivada) Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
8 Nandyal Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
9 Narasaraopet Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
10 Ongole Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
11 Hindupur Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
12 Kadappa Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
13 Kurnool Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
14 Nellore Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
15 Amalapuram Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
16 Eluru Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
17 Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
18 Kakinada Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
19 Rajamundry Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
20 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
21 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
22 Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
23 Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
24 Arunachal East (Changlang) Arunachal Pradesh Guwahati
25 Arunachal East (Khonsa) Arunachal Pradesh Guwahati
26 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh Guwahati
27 Barpeta Assam Guwahati
28 Dibrugarh Assam Guwahati
29 Dhubri Assam Guwahati
30 Dubri (Goalpara) Assam Guwahati
31 Guwahati Assam Guwahati
32 Karbi Anglong Assam Guwahati
33 Kokrajhar Assam Guwahati
34 Mangaldoi Assam Guwahati
35 Nawgong Assam Guwahati
36 Lakhimpur (North Lakhimpur) Assam Guwahati
37 Silchar Assam Guwahati
38 Tezpur Assam Guwahati
39 Dibrugarh (Tinsukia) Assam Guwahati
40 Arrah Bihar Patna
41 Begusarai Bihar Patna
42 Bhagalpur Bihar Patna
43 Buxar Bihar Patna
44 Darbhanga Bihar Patna
45 Saran (Chhapra) Bihar Patna
46 East Champaran (Motihari) Bihar Patna
47 Gaya Bihar Patna
48 Hajipur Bihar Patna
49 Jamui Bihar Patna
50 Madhubani Bihar Patna
51 Madhepura(Saharsa) Bihar Patna
52 Munger Bihar Patna
53 Muzaffarpur Bihar Patna
54 Nalanda Bihar Patna
55 Navada Bihar Patna
56 Patna Bihar Patna
57 Purnea Bihar Patna
58 Sasaram Bihar Patna
59 Samastipur Bihar Patna
60 Sitamarhi Bihar Patna
61 Siwan Bihar Patna
62 Paschim Champaran (Bettiah) Bihar Patna
63 Chandigarh Chandigarh Chandigarh
64 Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Raipur
65 Durg Chhattisgarh Raipur
66 Janjgir-Champa Chhattisgarh Raipur
67 Raigarh Chhattisgarh Raipur
68 Raipur Chhattisgarh Raipur
69 Rajnandgaon Chhattisgarh Raipur
70 Surguja Chhattisgarh Raipur
71 Dadar & Nagar Haveli (Sil- vasa) Dadar & Nagar Haveli Mumbai
72 Daman & Diu ( Daman) Daman & Diu Mumbai
73 Bhikaji Cama Place Delhi Delhi
74 Herald House Delhi Delhi
75 Janak Puri Delhi Delhi
76 Shalimar Place Delhi Delhi
77 South Delhi (Nehru Place) Delhi Delhi
78 East Delhi (Patparganj) Delhi Delhi
79 Yamuna Vihar Delhi Delhi
80 Panaji Goa Panaji
81 South Goa (Margao) Goa Panaji
82 Amreli Gujarat Ahmedabad
83 Anand Gujarat Ahmedabad
84 Bharuch Gujarat Ahmedabad
85 Chhota Udaipur Gujarat Ahmedabad
86 Dahod Gujarat Ahmedabad
87 Gandhinagar Gujarat Ahmedabad
88 Jamnagar Gujarat Ahmedabad
89 Junagadh Gujarat Ahmedabad
90 Kheda Gujarat Ahmedabad
91 Banaskantha (Palanpur) Gujarat Ahmedabad
92 Kachchh (Bhuj) Gujarat Ahmedabad
93 Bhavnagar Gujarat Ahmedabad
94 Mithakali Gujarat Ahmedabad
95 Mehsana Gujarat Ahmedabad
96 Porbandar Gujarat Ahmedabad
97 Patan Gujarat Ahmedabad
98 Rajkot Gujarat Ahmedabad
99 Sabarkantha Gujarat Ahmedabad
100 Surendranagar Gujarat Ahmedabad
101 Junagadh (Veraval) Gujarat Ahmedabad
102 Vadodara Gujarat Ahmedabad
103 Vijay Cross Road Gujarat Ahmedabad
104 Bardoli Gujarat Surat
105 Navsari Gujarat Surat
106 Surat Gujarat Surat
107 Valsad Gujarat Surat
108 Ambala Haryana Chandigarh
109 Bhiwani Mahendragarh Haryana Chandigarh
110 Gurugram Haryana Delhi
111 Kaithal Haryana Chandigarh
112 Karnal Haryana Chandigarh
113 Hisar Haryana Chandigarh
114 Karnal (Panipat) Haryana Chandigarh
115 Ambala (Yamunanagar) Haryana Chandigarh
116 Faridabad Haryana Delhi
117 Bhiwani Mahendragarh (Nar- Haryana Delhi
naul)
118 Rohtak Haryana Delhi
119 Sonipat Haryana Delhi
120 Mandi Himachal Pradesh Shimla
121 Kangra (Palampur) Himachal Pradesh Shimla
122 Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh Shimla
123 Kangra Himachal Pradesh Shimla
124 Mandi (Kullu) Himachal Pradesh Shimla
125 Hamirpur (Una) Himachal Pradesh Shimla
126 Shimla Himachal Pradesh Shimla
127 Udhampur (Kathua) Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
128 Jammu (Rajouri) Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
129 Jammu Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
130 Udhampur Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
131 Anantnag Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar
132 Baramulla Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar
133 Ladhak (Leh) Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar
134 Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar
135 Dhanbad (Bokaro) Jharkhand Ranchi
136 Giridih Jharkhand Ranchi
137 Lohardaga (Gumla) Jharkhand Ranchi
138 Hazaribagh Jharkhand Ranchi
139 Jamshedpur Jharkhand Ranchi
140 Godda (Deoghar) Jharkhand Ranchi
141 Dhanbad Jharkhand Ranchi
142 Dumka Jharkhand Ranchi
143 Palamu (Medininagar) Jharkhand Ranchi
144 Ranchi Jharkhand Ranchi
145 Mysuru Karnataka Bengaluru
146 Belagavi Karnataka Bengaluru
147 Bellary Karnataka Bengaluru
148 Bidar Karnataka Bengaluru
149 Davangere Karnataka Bengaluru
150 Bagalkot (Gadag) Karnataka Bengaluru
151 Hassan Karnataka Bengaluru
152 Hubli Karnataka Bengaluru
153 Kalaburagi Karnataka Bengaluru
154 Kolar(Robertsonpet) Karnataka Bengaluru
155 Koppal Karnataka Bengaluru
156 Lalbagh Karnataka Bengaluru
157 Mangalore Karnataka Bengaluru
158 Marathahalli Karnataka Bengaluru
159 Raichur Karnataka Bengaluru
160 Shivamogga Karnataka Bengaluru
161 Tumakuru Karnataka Bengaluru
162 Chikmagalur (Udupi) Karnataka Bengaluru
163 Uttar Kannada(Ankola) Karnataka Bengaluru
164 Bijayapur Karnataka Bengaluru
165 Alapuzha Kerala Cochin
166 Cochin Kerala Cochin
167 Ernakulam (Rural) Kerala Cochin
168 Kottayam Kerala Cochin
169 Mavalikkara (Chengannur) Kerala Cochin
170 Idukki (Kattappana) Kerala Cochin
171 Palakkad Kerala Cochin
172 Thrissur Kerala Cochin
173 Kannur Kerala Kozhikode
174 Kasargod Kerala Kozhikode
175 Kozhikode Kerala Kozhikode
176 Malappuram Kerala Kozhikode
177 Vadakara Kerala Kozhikode
178 Payyanur Kerala Kozhikode
179 Kollam Kerala Trivandrum
180 Pathanamthitta Kerala Trivandrum
181 Trivandrum Kerala Trivandrum
182 Trivandrum (Rural) Kerala Trivandrum
183 Lakshadweep (Kavaratti) Lakshadweep Cochin
184 Balaghat Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
185 Betul Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
186 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
187 Chhindwara Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
188 Damoh Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
189 Dewas Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
190 Dhar Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
191 Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
192 Indore Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
193 Vidisha Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
194 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
195 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
196 Ratlam Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
197 Sagar Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
198 Satna Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
199 Andheri Maharashtra Mumbai
200 Aurangabad Maharashtra Mumbai
201 Lower Parel Maharashtra Mumbai
202 Malad Maharashtra Mumbai
203 Nasik Maharashtra Mumbai
204 Thane Maharashtra Mumbai
205 Akola Maharashtra Nagpur
206 Amravati Maharashtra Nagpur
207 Buldhana Maharashtra Nagpur
208 Chandrapur Maharashtra Nagpur
209 Nagpur Maharashtra Nagpur
210 Wardha Maharashtra Nagpur
211 Yavatmal-Washim (Yavatmal) Maharashtra Nagpur
212 Mumbai NE (Vikroli) Maharashtra Mumbai
213 Jalgaon Maharashtra Mumbai
214 Ratnagiri Sindhugurh ( Ra- japur) Maharashtra Mumbai
215 Ahmednagar Maharashtra Pune
216 Baramati Maharashtra Pune
217 Beed Maharashtra Pune
218 Jalna Maharashtra Pune
219 Latur Maharashtra Pune
220 Kolhapur Maharashtra Pune
221 Nanded Maharashtra Pune
222 Pune Maharashtra Pune
223 Solapur Maharashtra Pune
224 Solapur (Pandharpur) Maharashtra Pune
225 Maval (Pimpri Chinchwad) Maharashtra Pune
226 Sangli Maharashtra Pune
227 Satara Maharashtra Pune
228 Imphal Manipur Guwahati
229 Outer Manipur(Kakching) Manipur Guwahati
230 Shillong Meghalaya Guwahati
231 Tura Meghalaya Guwahati
232 Aizawl Mizoram Guwahati
233 Dimapur Nagaland Guwahati
234 Aska Odisha Bhubaneswar
235 Balasore Odisha Bhubaneswar
236 Bhubaneswar Odisha Bhubaneswar
237 Mayurbhanj (Baripada) Odisha Bhubaneswar
238 Bargarh Odisha Bhubaneswar
239 Berhampur Odisha Bhubaneswar
240 Bolangir Odisha Bhubaneswar
241 Bhadrak Odisha Bhubaneswar
242 Kalahandi (Bhawanipatna) Odisha Bhubaneswar
243 Cuttack Odisha Bhubaneswar
244 Dhenkanal Odisha Bhubaneswar
245 Jajpur Odisha Bhubaneswar
246 Jagatsinghpur Odisha Bhubaneswar
247 Kandhamal (Phulbani) Odisha Bhubaneswar
248 Kendrapara Odisha Bhubaneswar
249 Keonjhar Odisha Bhubaneswar
250 Koraput Odisha Bhubaneswar
251 Puri Odisha Bhubaneswar
252 Nabarangpur Odisha Bhubaneswar
253 Sundergarh (Rourkela) Odisha Bhubaneswar
254 Sambalpur Odisha Bhubaneswar
255 Puducherry Puducherry Tiruchirapalli
256 Puducherry (Karaikal) Puducherry Tiruchirapalli
257 Amritsar Punjab Amritsar
258 Firozpur Punjab Amritsar
259 Ludhiana Punjab Chandigarh
260 Bathinda Punjab Chandigarh
261 Fatehgarh Sahib(Basi Pattana) Punjab Chandigarh
262 Patiala Punjab Chandigarh
263 Sangrur(Malerkotla) Punjab Chandigarh
264 SBS Nagar(Ropar) Punjab Chandigarh
265 Gurdaspur (Pathankot) Punjab Jalandhar
266 Hoshiyarpur Punjab Jalandhar
267 Hoshiyarpur (Phagwara) Punjab Jalandhar
268 Jalandhar I Punjab Jalandhar
269 Jalandhar II Punjab Jalandhar
270 Faridkot (Moga) Punjab Jalandhar
271 Ajmer Rajasthan Jaipur
272 Alwar Rajasthan Jaipur
273 Banswara Rajasthan Jaipur
274 Barmer Rajasthan Jaipur
275 Bharatpur Rajasthan Jaipur
276 Chittorgarh Rajasthan Jaipur
277 Churu Rajasthan Jaipur
278 Karauli-Dhaulpur Rajasthan Jaipur
279 Kota Rajasthan Jaipur
280 Bikaner Rajasthan Jaipur
281 Ganganagar (Hanumangarh) Rajasthan Jaipur
282 Jaipur Rajasthan Jaipur
283 Jhunjhunu Rajasthan Jaipur
284 Jodhpur Rajasthan Jaipur
285 Barmer (Jaisalmer) Rajasthan Jaipur
286 Dausa Rajasthan Jaipur
287 Jhalawar Baran (Jhalawar) Rajasthan Jaipur
288 Jaipur Rural (Kotputli) Rajasthan Jaipur
289 Nagaur Rajasthan Jaipur
290 Pali Rajasthan Jaipur
291 Tonk-Sawai Madhopur (Sawai Madhopur) Rajasthan Jaipur
292 Sikar Rajasthan Jaipur
293 Sriganganagar Rajasthan Jaipur
294 Udaipur Rajasthan Jaipur
295 Gangtok Sikkim Guwahati
296 Aminjikarai Tamil Nadu Chennai
297 Arani Tamil Nadu Chennai
298 Arakkonam(Ranipet) Tamil Nadu Chennai
299 Cuddalore Tamil Nadu Chennai
300 Cheenai North (Chennai GPO) Tamil Nadu Chennai
301 Dharmapuri Tamil Nadu Chennai
302 Kallakurichi Tamil Nadu Chennai
303 Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu Chennai
304 Saligramam Tamil Nadu Chennai
305 Tambaram Tamil Nadu Chennai
306 Tiruvallur Tamil Nadu Chennai
307 Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu Chennai
308 Vellore Tamil Nadu Chennai
309 Viluppuram Tamil Nadu Chennai
310 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
311 Nilgiris (Coonoor) Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
312 Erode Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
313 Namakkal (Rasipuram) Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
314 Salem Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
315 Madurai Tamil Nadu Madurai
316 Shivaganga (Devakottai) Tamil Nadu Madurai
317 Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu Madurai
318 Theni(Bodineyaknur) Tamil Nadu Madurai
319 Tenkasi(Rajpalyam) Tamil Nadu Madurai
320 Kanyakumari (Nagercoil) Tamil Nadu Madurai
321 Dindigul(Kodairoad) Tamil Nadu Madurai
322 Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu Madurai
323 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu Tiruchirapalli
324 Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu Tiruchirapalli
325 Perambalur Tamil Nadu Tiruchirapalli
326 Adilabad Telangana Hyderabad
327 Ameerpet Telangana Hyderabad
328 Begumpet Telangana Hyderabad
329 Bhongir Telangana Hyderabad
330 Karimnagar Telangana Hyderabad
331 Khammam Telangana Hyderabad
332 Medak Telangana Hyderabad
333 Mehbubnagar Telangana Hyderabad
334 Nalgonda Telangana Hyderabad
335 Nizamabad Telangana Hyderabad
336 Medak (Siddipet) Telangana Hyderabad
337 Toli Chowki Telangana Hyderabad
338 Warangal Telangana Hyderabad
339 Agartala Tripura Kolkata
340 Amroha Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
341 Badaun Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
342 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
343 Bijnaur Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
344 Moradabad Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
345 Pilibhit Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
346 Rampur Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
347 Agra Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
348 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
349 Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
350 Fatehpur Sikri(Achnera) Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
351 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
352 Hathras Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
353 Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
354 Mathura (Vrindawan) Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
355 Meerut Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
356 Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
357 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
358 Amethi Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
359 Faizabad (Ayodhya) Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
360 Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
361 Bhadohi Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
362 Bahraich Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
363 Ballia Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
364 Shrawasti (Balrampur) Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
365 Banda Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
366 Mirzapur (Chunar) Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
367 Deoria Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
368 Fatehpur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
369 Ghazipur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
370 Gonda Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
371 Hamirpur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
372 Jaunpur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
373 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
374 Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
375 Goshi (Mau) Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
376 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
377 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
378 Pratapgarh Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
379 Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
380 Sitapur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
381 Sultanpur Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
382 Unnao Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
383 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
384 Almora Uttarakhand Dehradun
385 Dehradun Uttarakhand Dehradun
386 Nainital (Kathgodam) Uttarakhand Dehradun
387 Nainital Uttarakhand Dehradun
388 Haridwar (Roorkee) Uttarakhand Dehradun
389 Naintal (Rudrapur) Uttarakhand Dehradun
390 Garhwal (Srinagar) Uttarakhand Dehradun
391 Arambagh West Bengal Kolkata
392 Alipurduar West Bengal Kolkata
393 Asansol West Bengal Kolkata
394 Balurghat West Bengal Kolkata
395 Bangaon West Bengal Kolkata
396 Bardhaman West Bengal Kolkata
397 Barasat (Ashok Nagar ) West Bengal Kolkata
398 Barrackpore West Bengal Kolkata
399 Berhampore West Bengal Kolkata
400 Birbhum (Rampurhat) West Bengal Kolkata
401 Coochbehar West Bengal Kolkata
402 Hoogly (Chinsurah) West Bengal Kolkata
403 Diamond Harbour West Bengal Kolkata
404 Darjeeling West Bengal Kolkata
405 Dum Dum West Bengal Kolkata
406 Howrah West Bengal Kolkata
407 Jadavpur West Bengal Kolkata
408 Jalpaiguri West Bengal Kolkata
409 Kanthi West Bengal Kolkata
410 Kolkata West Bengal Kolkata
411 Medinipur (Kharagpur) West Bengal Kolkata
412 Nadia (Krishnanagar) West Bengal Kolkata
413 Kolkata Uttar (Beadon Street) West Bengal Kolkata
414 Malda Dakshin( Makdumpur) West Bengal Kolkata
415 Raiganj (North Dinajpur) West Bengal Kolkata
416 Ranaghat West Bengal Kolkata
417 Siliguri West Bengal Kolkata
418 Serampore West Bengal Kolkata
419 Tamluk West Bengal Kolkata

The above statement was submitted by Ministry of External Affairs of undermentioned Lok Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS 

LOK SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1777 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 13.02.2019 

PASSPORT SEVA KENDRAS 

1777. SHRI GEORGE BAKER 
          SHRI ANIL SHIROLE

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state: 
  • (a) the details of the number of passport seva kendras operational across the country including Maharashtra and West Bengal; 
  • (b) whether the Government is planning to introduce Chip-based e-passports in place of paper passports within the country; 
  • (c) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; 
  • (d) whether the Government is also planning to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards; and 
  • (e) if so, the details thereof and the time by which it is likely to be done? 
ANSWER 
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS 
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)] 

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