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Pune Applicants Allege that Passport Officials Asking them to take Normal Appointment although they have applied for Tatkal Passport

BeyondHeadlines Correspondent

PUNE: The passport campaign organized by the RTI Forum for Instant Information (RFII) at Sambhaji Park on Saturday evening got a moderate response with 11 passport applicants attending the programme

IMG-20140315-WA0003The major complaint pertained to the same issue of inability to get online appointment after applying and paying for tatkal passport. Arti Karkhanis, one of the passport applicants stated that, after her inability to get a tatkal appointment she was advised by the passport officer to apply under the normal passport which taks 30 to 45 days to be issued. Karkhanis is going on a holiday shortly and hence wanted the re-issuance of her passport at the earliest.

RFII takes strong objection against the passport officers misguiding applicants instead of taking action against the alleged nexus of passport agents and staffers of the passport office. This is because passport agents have told applicants that if they give their login and password, then the agents will get applicants tatkal appointments within a day. RFII demands that the passport office take strong action against passport agents or RFII will embark upon an andolan soon.

Pune Passport Grievance Forum (PPGF ) Vinita Deshmukh said that PSK and Government passport officials were not discharging their duties professionally. Strong action should be taken against the officials for misleading the applicants. “ Our forum will agitate outside PSK , Mundhwa and Passport Office at SB road to create awareness about the misdemeanours of the passport officials ,” she added.

For more details contact Vinita Deshmukh at 98230 36663

[email protected]

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