15pc growth in passport and related services witnessed in 2023: EAM

New Delhi, June 24 (UNI) The country witnessed a commendable annual growth of nearly 15% in passport and related services, under which the MEA rendered 1.65 crore passport related services to citizens in 2023, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Monday.

He also underlined the leveraging of the power of latest technologies to further improve the citizen experience, in his message on Passport Seva Divas.

The MEA has so far operationalised an expansive network of 440 Post office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs), which, along with the existing 93 Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs), take the total to 533 Passport application processing centres under 37 Regional Passport Offices (RPOs) in the country. He appreciated the passport delivery programme as one of the most successful and well-appreciated models of efficient service delivery of the Government of India, a statement said.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) commemorated the 12th Passport Seva Divas on June 24 to mark the enactment of the Passports Act on 24 June 1967. Coinciding with this, a three-day Regional Passport Officers (RPO) Conference was organized on 22-24 June in Delhi.

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