Government to replace physical police verification of passport with online verification

Aug 22, 2017 17:09 IST

Soon passport applicants will be free of the tiresome procedure of physical police verification, as the Union Government is planning to connect the procedure with the national database of crimes and criminals, the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS).

The information was shared by the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi during an event in New Delhi.

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Mehrishi stated that the CCTNS is expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry and it will replace physical police verification for passport applicants with online verification within a year.

He revealed that in some of the states, the police were already using the wide database for passport credentials. Now, following this development, the police would be given hand held devices to go to an applicant's address and his/her details will be uploaded with the network. It would not only minimise contact with the police but reduce time as well.

The move follows the launch of a digital police portal under the CCTNS project by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which aims to create a national database of crimes and criminals and connect country's all 15398 police stations with it. The new portal will also allow citizens to report crime and request antecedent’s verification online.

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