Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today urged the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to set up seven more Passport Sewa Kendras in Odisha.

"Growing need is felt to open additional POPSKs/PSKs to expedite issue of passports. I take this opportunity to request you to kindly issue necessary instructions for starting POPSKs/PSKs," Pradhan wrote to Swaraj.

Pradhan named Angul, Berhampur, Balasore, Kendrapara, Bolangir, Jajpur and Bhawanipatna as the places requiring the POPSKs/PSKs."There is a demand for issue of passport from various segments... large number of skilled/semi-skilled workforce, students/research scholars, business communities and tourists," the Minister said in his letter.

Pradhan also expressed gratitude to Swaraj for sanctioning three POPSKs at Rourkela, Sambalpur and Koraput in Odisha.