After the Passport Department started distributing e-passports (electronic passports) from November 20, crowds have started gathering at the district administration office along with the department. At present, e-passports are being distributed from 22 district administration offices including the department.
Spokesperson of the department Sharad Arun said that e-passport distribution will start from all district administration offices in the next 15-20 days. He said that the Tripureshwor-based department office is currently collecting forms from 1,000 service recipients daily and distributing passports to 1,000 service recipients. “But the number of people trying to get e-passports is more than that, so it is crowded,” he said.
Aaron also suggested not to take an e-passport immediately unless it is absolutely necessary. “I suggest getting an e-passport after some time if it is not urgent,” he said. “Once the distribution system is smooth, it will be easier to get one.” It costs only Rs 5,000 to get an e-passport from the district administration office. He said that the passport will be available within 15 days from the date of submission of the form.
He says that there are some problems as the e-passport system is being tested. He says, “Three months is the test period, so sometimes there are problems in the system.” A national circular has been made mandatory for e-passports.
As e-passport will be issued only after verifying the details of the national identity card, Aran urges to pay attention while filling in the details of the identity card.
“The biometric data of the national identity card is filled in the passport,” he said. “Those who have already created an MRP passport must mention the details.”