Naveen demands two new passport offices

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today requested the Centre to set up new passport offices in Berhampur and Sambalpur.

In his letter to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the CM said, “The present Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) at Bhubaneswar is serving 30 geographically dispersed districts and immense difficulties are being experienced by the citizens of western and southern districts of the State in obtaining passport.”

“With the expansion of opportunities for mobility across borders for education, tourism and business, there is substantial increase in the demand for passport services,” the letter read.

Mentioning about the functional pressure on the lone PSK, which issued above a lakh passports last year, Patnaik said the establishment of two new such offices in Berhampur and Sambalpur would substantially reduce the distance travelled by the applicants to the capital city.

The CM noted that the State is awaiting the Centre’s response on a similar letter sent in July 2012.