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QUESTION NO.2760 PASSPORT SEVA KENDRAS IN ODISHA

December 12, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2760
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12.12.2019

PASSPORT SEVA KENDRAS IN ODISHA

2760. SHRIMATI SAROJINI HEMBRAM:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has any proposal to open and operate more number of Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in Odisha so as to facilitate the people in getting and renewing passports and other related services;

(b) if so, in which places these PSKs are proposed to be opened/operated; and

(c) if not, the reasons therefor and whether the existing number of PSKs are enough to meet the passport services of people?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (c) At present there is one Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) at Bhubaneswar and 20 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) at Aska, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur, Bhadrak, Bhawanipatna, Bolangir, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Phulbani, Puri, Rourkela and Sambalpur in Odisha. These are functioning as extended arms of the Passport Office at Bhubaneswar. The 21 Passport Kendras are adequate to meet the current demand for passport services in Odisha and there is, therefore, no proposal at present to establish new Passport Kendras in Odisha.

The opening of Passport Kendras in the States in the country, including Odisha, however, is an on-going activity and depends on various factors, including distance from the existing Passport Kendras and volume of applications from a particular region.

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