Punjab & Region

Major reprieve to people as PCC quota enhanced to 360 slots from existing 270 slots per day

The Fact News Service
Jalandhar, May 12

In a major reprieve to the residents seeking Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) the quota of Regional Passport Officer to issue PCC has been further enhanced to 360 slots from existing 270 slots per day.

Divulging the details,Regional Passport Officer Satpal today said that the decision has been taken by the Ministry of External Affairs to facilitate the people. He said that this help in getting the PCC in a smooth and hassle-free manner. Satpal said that the Regional officer is already making strenuous efforts in this regard.

Pertinently, Regional Passport Office had been continuously making endeavours to provide better service to people and has recently send a detailed proposal to Ministry for enhancing this quota to benefit people desirous of moving abroad. Earlier the appointment quota was 135 slots per day but as the demand of PCC was surging with every passing day so the RPO flagged the issue with the MEA after which it was increased to 180. However again on the request of RPO the quota was recently upscaled to 270 from existing 180 slots. And now the quota has been fixed at 360 slots per day.

Reiterating his commitment to providing best of the passport-related services, the Regional Passport Officer said that no stone was being left unturned to improve the services with every passing day. He said that applicants can check and book their passport and PCC appointment directly at www.passportindia.gov.in after applying and making payments online. Mr Satpal said that people must not get swayed away by any middleman as the Regional passport office has not authorized any such institution or middleman.

The Regional Passport Officer said that every service was being provided in a clean and transparent manner. He said that people should refrain from falling prey to such tantrums of middlemen and should instead contact the passport office directly, which is always available to for service. Mr Satpal said that there has been an unprecedented rise in the PCC appointments throughout the country and adequate arrangements have been put in place to meet this surging demand through a record increase in slots in comparison to the existing capacity.