KOLHAPUR: The Ministry of External Affairs launched a mobile passport police app called, mApp, for speedy submission of the Police Verification Report (PVR) on January 25.
A government official said that this will help reduce time required to complete the PVR to the limit of 21 days.
Though the government has made an announcement in this regard, the police personnel at the local level are unaware of the move. A police official looking after passport verification in Kolhapur said that they are unaware about it and have not received any instructions about this so far. He added that they are continuing the same process of police verification till now.
A statement issued by Regional Passport Office, Pune division, states that with the launch of this app, the need to download and print the physical personal particulars form and questionnaire is no longer needed. This will lead to a paperless digital workflow for the police verification process.
The actual implementation of the app in the Pune Passport Region will start soon in coordination with police authorities in the Pune Passport region. This includes Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur and Ahmednagar districts.
The ministry has also issued new guidelines for police verification of the passport applicant. As per guidelines, if the applicant furnishes the Aadhaar card, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Permanent Account Number (PAN) and an affidavit about no criminal cases, his police verification will be done later.
Last year, the passport office fully implemented the District Police Headquarter (DPHQ) online Model for Passport Police Verification. It had stated that this format would reduce at least 7-10 days’ time in passport police verification. In this process, the police stations, after actual on-ground police verification send reports to the police headquarters online, after which it is sent online to the passport office. This saves time spent in the physical transfer of verification reports from police stations to the police headquarters and further to the passport office. Now with the help of the app, the number of days will speed up the verification process.
When contacted, Nitin Gokave, the official in-charge of the passport office in the Kolhapur district said, “We have not received any instructions in this regard so far. We are continuing with the routine process of police verification with every policeman doing ground work about the every applicant and sending us the report. If there are any changes in the process, we hope that the concerned authority will inform us accordingly and will provide necessary training for the same.”