Naveen requests Centre to open Two Passport Centres in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, March 02: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik wrote a letter to the Centre requesting for setting up two additional passport centres in the state expressing concern over the difficulties that people of southern and western Odisha are facing to obtain this most important document.

In a letter to Ministry of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, Patnaik said that Odisha requires two more passport centres that will help the people of the state to get their passports in smooth process.

He wrote, "Presently one passport seva kendra (PSK) in the state capital at Bhubaneswar is serving 30 geographically dispersed districts. As a result, immense difficulties are being experience by the citizens of Western and Southern districts of the state for obtaining passport. With the expansion of opportunities for mobility across the borders for education, tourism, and business, there is substantial increase in the demand for passport services. During the year 2014, at about one lakh passports have been issued by the Passport Seva Kendra functioning in the state capital at Bhubaneswar."

Since the state capital is distant from the western and southern Odisha, Naveen requested Swaraj to open two more passport centres in those regions for timely services.

Earlier, Patnaik had requested the then minister of external affairs on July 22, 2012 to take immediate action for setting up one regional passport centre in Sambalpur to serve the districts of Western Odisha and another one in Berhampur for the Southern districts of the state. However, the response is still awaited.

"Therefore, I would request once again to take steps for establishment of two additional Passport Seva Kendras in the state, one at Sambalpur and another at Berhampur which will help the citizens of my state to a great extent in obtaining passport services", he wrote.

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