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Automation in processes to make Passport applications painless
Moneylife Foundation's Seminar on Passport Applications dealt with the latest efforts by the government and its functionaries in making passport applications and working abroad a much smoother and simpler process
 
Moneylife Foundation today organised a seminar on getting one of the most important documentations for Indian Citizens, especially ones travelling abroad, which is the passport. Moneylife Foundation proudly hosted Tanmoy Chakrabarty, the VP and Head of Government Industry Solutions, at Tata Consultancy Services. 
 
The event also had Dr Swati Kulkarni, Regional Passport Officer of Mumbai, and Mr TD Sharma, Regional Passport Officer of Thane, in the panel.
 
Anybody who has dealt with the Passport Office knows of the long struggle to get a passport. Over the years, when it would take months to now, when it is generally time-bound and a lot more organised, the latest automation drive promises to make applying for passports even smoother. 
 
The event was kicked off by Ms Sucheta Dalal, who introduced the three panelists. Mr Tanmoy Chakrabarty took the stage and explained the innovations coming the way of citizens looking to apply for passports. Under Mr Chakrabarty's leadership TCS is hoping to revolutionise the way India's millions will apply for passports in the future. These changes are even more important in the context of the global world we live in, where many of us go abroad to work.
 
Mr Chakrabarty stated that, "Instead of long lines from 3 in the morning, we have been able to give appointments to people to come at a specific time, reducing queues." On the issue of the new e-Migrate system, "For example, in Libya 2 years ago, we had a large Indian workforce. Employers often impound the laborers' passports to keep them in check. So when the coup happened, MEA could not identify Indians in Libya. This system will help in such a situation," he said.
 
Dr. Kulkarni spoke about how the government has taken steps ranging from training staff, adding infrastructure to including new thinking from the ITeS sector, to make the MEA functions more citizen centre. She said that, "From painless passports we hope to make it passports with pleasure and as stressed by the minister, we want to take the PSKs to each district.
 

Mr Sharma spoke about the relatively new Thane office which was set up in 2001 and its fast evolution into a hub for 9 districts. He said that the number of applications rose by 63% since 2008. He also said that, "we are trying to bring Maharashtra's police departments to the centralized DPHQ model, which will help bring down the police verification time considerably.
 
The Panel then opened up for questions from the audience. An eager audience posed questions relating to documentation, eligibility, change of address and working abroad.
 
In India, three kinds of passports are issued to its citizens - Personal or Regular Passport, Official Passport and the Diplomatic Passport. The Consular, Passport & Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian passports on demand to all eligible Indian citizens. The Passport Office website www.passportindia.gov.in gives all the information about obtaining passport in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. It also provides for online as well as off-line submission of application forms. 
 

 

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shrikant s

2 years ago

I had applied for reissue of passport through Worli passport office and received my passport in 2012. I had submitted all documents with reissue application which showed that my passport was for ECNR category. However they have issued an ECR stamped passport and now they ask me to reapply - again fleece me of Rs. 1100/- but not rectifying their mistake.
does this show that the passport application process is painless? and they are willing to take credit for serving more numbers, but quality is tossed out of the door.

ONLOOKER

2 years ago

I have applied for a passport through online. I have selected the PSK near to my permanent address. My application was rejected saying that I should have applied to the PSK near to my place of work. They are not refunding the fees of ₹2000 paid by me. I have taken up the issue with the Ministry also but no response. Kindly advise what can I do to get back my money. Making online systems should be for the benefit of the citizens and not to penalise them for smaller mistakes.

Ralph Rau

2 years ago

E-Migrate = E-Control.

Could this lead to E-Taxation of Indian migrant workers ?

Saradha scam: CBI interrogates minister Madan Mitra’s involvement in the chit-fund

Madan Mitra was summoned in November for questioning, but he sought a relaxation, citing health reason

 

West Bengal transport and sports minister and Trinamool Congress leader, Madan Mitra, walked into the CBI office on Friday to face interrogation in the multi-crore Saradha scam ending intense speculation over the past few days whether he will appear at all. The minister, along with another TMC leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was summoned by the central probe agency on November 15 asking them to appear for questioning.
 
However, Mitra sought a relaxation citing health reasons and was admitted to state-run SSKM Hospital on November 20 after a brief stay at a private clinic in the city.
 
Two Rajya Sabha MPs - Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose - and a vice-president Rajat Majumdar of Trinamool Congress are behind the bars for their involvement in the Saradha scam. MP Kunal Ghosh's judicial custody ends on Friday. He had attempted to commit suicide in prison.
 
CBI had also summoned former Trinamool MP Somen Mitra to appear before the sleuths for questioning.
 

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Nifty, Sensex may try to bounce back – Weekly closing report

The indices will move sideways for some time 

 

The S&P BSE Sensex closed the week that ended on 12th December at 27,351 (down 1107 points or 3.89%), while the NSE's CNX Nifty ended at 8,224 (down 314 points or 3.68%). From here, the indices will move sideways for some time. At the end of the previous week, we had mentioned that as long as Nifty continues to remain above 8,500, the rally may continue.
 
On Monday, Nifty had a weak opening followed by a gradual downwards move, closing in the red for a second consecutive session. Nifty closed at 8,438 (down 100 points or 1.17%). The loss on the index was the highest since 16 October 2014. Weak data from Asian markets affected market sentiments. 
 
Japan's revised third-quarter gross domestic product showed the economy shrank more than initially estimated, with growth contracting an annualised 1.9%.  Chinese exports rose just 4.7% on year, compared to October's 11.6% rise. Imports sank 6.7% in November against a 4.6% rise in October.
 
As anticipated on Monday, the weakness on the index continued on Tuesday making the Nifty close near the day’s low. Nifty closed at 8,341 (down 98 points or 1.16%). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was quoted as saying that there is no cause for concern about the forex reserves and they are at a comfortable level. He also mentioned that the excise duty hike on November 12 and December 2 will fetch the exchequer Rs6,000 crore and Rs4,500 crore respectively in the remaining months of FY2014-15.
 
Market bounced back a bit on Wednesday on the back of positive news. Nifty closed at 8,356 (up 15 points or 0.18%). There were reports that the Parliamentary Select Committee cleared the government's proposal of a composite cap of 49% on foreign investment in the insurance sector. The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization also ruled against the US imposing high duty on imports of certain Indian steel products.
 
The downtrend on the Nifty resumed on Thursday with the index hitting its lowest since 31 October 2014 and closing in the negative. Nifty closed at 8,293 (down 63 points or 0.75%).
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, gave its approval for allowing public sector banks to raise capital to meet their additional capital requirements under BASEL-III by diluting Government holding upto 52% in a phased manner.
 
Weakness in European indices pulled Nifty further lower on Friday. Nifty although opened in the green subsequently moved lower and closed at 8,224 (down 69 points or 0.83%).
 
The government's total indirect tax collections jumped 19.4% to Rs44,060 crore in November 2014 over November 2013, according to provisional figures released by the finance ministry on Thursday.
 
Out of the 27 main sectors tracked by Moneylife, top five and the bottom five sectors for this week were:
 

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