The Pune Passport office has alerted citizens not to fall in the trap of passport agents who are all illegal and register a complaint with the Regional Passport Office
It is once again official and clear as crystal that all passport agents, without exception are illegal! In a strong public notice issued by Pune’s Regional Passport Office (RPO), citizens have been alerted not to use services of such touts and register an online complaint if they come across any such agent.
Atul M Gotsurve, Regional Passport Officer of Pune Passport Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has issued a public notice on Saturday. It says, “It has come to Pune Regional Passport Office’s notice that some private portals, individuals have been claiming that they are recognised, or authorised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to extend passport assistance to the public.”
Gotsurve clarifies in the public notice that, ``this office hereby makes it clear that passport portal, www.passportindia.gov.in
, is the only government portal offering passport services to citizens within India. The portal is web based and can be accessed by anyone, anytime, anywhere for seeking passport services. There is no system in place to `recognize/authorize any individual or any travel agency in this regard in the country. Any public who has been cheated by any of the touts may write with complete details to the following email ID, [email protected]
, for necessary action.’’’
Moneylife requests passport applicants not to take the help of agents who are fleecing citizens anywhere between Rs5,000 to Rs20,000 per passport and sometimes do not deliver the promise.