The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Monday that it has added the facility to apply for Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) at all online Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) across India, beginning on Wednesday, 28th September.
The decision to start PCC service at all POPSKs comes in an effort to streamline the procedure for citizens seeking passport-related services.
It should be noted that there has been an unexpected surge in demand for Police Clearance Certificates, and Passport Seva Kendra is unable to meet the demand.
This step, according to the Ministry of External Affairs, would significantly increase the availability of PCC appointment slots at an earlier date.
The MEA in an official statement said;
“The action taken by the Ministry in extending this PCC application facility to POPSKs, would not only help Indian citizens seeking employment abroad but also meet the demand for other PCC requirements, such as in the case of education, long-term visa, emigration, etc.”
This means that Indian nationals will now be able to obtain Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) in a more convenient and timely manner, resulting in faster passport processing.
According to the Citizens’ Charter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is committed to issuing a new passport in the ‘Normal’ category within 30 working days, excluding Police Verification (PV), and a Tatkal passport within 1 – 3 working days.
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