Bengaluru: The Centre has announced more simplification in procedures, this time related to Tatkaal and out-of-turn first-time applicants.
A press release from the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Bengaluru, said applicants aged over 18 under the Tatkaal scheme no longer require a verification certificate, and should have any two of the 12 documents needed (such as EPIC, ration card, DL), along with Annexure – E and Aadhaar card/number/enrolment slip.
For Tatkaal applicants aged below 18, any one of the 12 documents is needed in addition to student photo identity card issued by the educational institution, birth certificate, ration card, and Aadhaar card/number/enrolment slip.
The RPO has said no proof of urgency will be required, and that the passport will be issued without having to wait for the police verification report on post-police verification basis within three working days (subject to internal checks) from the date of submission. Tatkaal fees is chargeable and appointments have to be taken under the Tatkaal channel.
The other section that will benefit from the simplification of measures is first-time applicants whose applications are out of turn. These applicants too will be asked for the same documents as that of Tatkaal applicants, and issued passports without waiting for a police verification report. “There will be no additional fee, and appointments have to be sought in the normal channel and not through Tatkaal channel,” the release stated.