Requirement of a Passport Seva Kendra in Bathinda
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Requirement of Passport Seva Kendra (with all the facilities) at Bathinda and attachment of Distt. Sri Muktsar Sahib , Fazilka , Mansa & Faridkot to it.
Respected Madam ,
With refrence to initiatives to open passport seva kendra at post offices in punjab , I want to draw your kind attention towards wide spread discrimination and corruption prevalent in this new online system at existing PSKs.
I belong to Sri Muktsar Sahib district of Punjab.
Descrimination Fact -
If anybody from my area wants to apply for Passport then he has to go to Amritsar Passport seva kendra as our area falls in the jurisdiction of Amritsar PSK.
Amritsar is 250 kms away from my area.
There are passport seva kendras (PSKs) in
Chandigarh ,Ludhiana ,Patiala ,Amritsar & Jallandhar that are almost 200 to 275 kms away from the remotest districts of Punjab such as Sri Muktsar Sahib & Fazilka .
So in one part of Punjab i.e. Majha and Doaba region there are five ( 5) passport seva kendras which are almost 80 - 100 kms away from one another
but in the stretch of 250 kms in another part of Punjab i.e. Malwa region , there is no PSK (except Ludhiana which does not cater to our districts).
Please end this discrimination and open a PSK with full facilities in Bathinda instead of POPSK to end the woes and horrible experiences of the people of my area & nearby districts.
Corruption at PSKs -
1. Faulty and non transparent appointment system at Amritsar PSK -
The online appointment system to book appointment at Amritsar PSK for applying passport is faulty and not at all transparent. The window is available only for few minutes in which you can not even see the slots available and in just 2-3 minutes the appointments are booked and mist of the times for the last several days the appointments are booked before the scheduled time of 5:00pm. The system has to be made transparent . The current system indicates that purposefully applicants are being diverted to use agent's services. Hope many more victims of the system will raise their voices ?
The state government must take some steps to improve the situation.
2.Only agents can apply for the passport?
Anytime when one tries to get an appointment for the Amritsar passport office online s/he will come to know that "maximum number of appointments exceeded for the day." Or get a message that"please apply on next day 5.00pm.But through agents one can get the appointment after paying heavy fee.
As Senior citizens and families with infants have to suffer a lot due to long distance travel.It takes 5 - 6 hours to reach Amritsar from the remotest parts of Sri Muktsar Sahib , Fazilka & Faridkot.
There are just twenty (20) slots forTatkal Dates at Amritsar PSK which are not available through online system most of the time.
But through agents (After paying huge amounts) slots are made available.
So one has to spend almost 2000 extra for one Tatkal passport appointment.
People of my area have no way out except to pay huge amounts to agents.
Normal dates are available after one and a half month.
The problem is that we don't even get dates under Tatkal facility as there are only 20 slots for Amritsar office. And if there is any emergency /urgency then there is no way out.
So yourgoodself is requested to please look into this matter personally and end the corruption by increasing the number of slots in tatkal facility from 20 to at least 200 daily.
Please end the backlog in normal applications also.
And make people able to get the appointments after 5 days instead of one and half month in normal application facility.
We the people of Bathinda , Sri Muktsar Sahib , Mansa and Fazilka area shall be thankful and grateful to you.
Yours Faithfully ,
Bathinda , Sri Muktsar Sahib ,
Mansa , Faridkot and Fazilka
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