Mrunal Manmay Dash

Providing a much needed respite to the foreign travellers in Odisha, the passport verification process which was taking a lot of time earlier, has been brought down to four days only.

As per a press release issued from the Odisha Police headquarters, substantial improvement in the time taken for passport verification has been made. In August 2021 average verification time was brought to six days. For the first fortnight of September 2021, average time of passport verification by Odisha Police was four days only.

“This is among the best in the country,” read the official release.

Till early this year, passport verification by Odisha Police was taking a few weeks.

As per the data of Passport Authorities, the average time for passport verification was 26 days in 2018, 26 days in 2019 and 36 days in 2020.

If we go back even earlier, the average verification time was 99 days in 2017, 90 days in 2016 and 38 days in 2015.

“However this year, the Odisha Police decided to bring substantial improvement in this. Accordingly, passport verification was taken under the 5T initiative. Tablets were purchased and distributed to each Police Station. A specific App for passport verification was installed and Special Branch started guiding and monitoring passport verification more clearly,” said the department.

The Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay has appreciated the work of PS level officers, district SsP and Special Branch in effecting this improvement.