Now, don't fret when the police constable meant to verify your personal details for passport verification dilly dallies it in order to extract a bribe.
The reason being that with the new passport policy being put in place, the cop responsible for verification will be punished if s/he does not complete the process within seven working days. The lower level constabulary from each police station in the city, which are generally involved in verification department, have been briefed about the new law and asked to pull up their socks, sources say.
The senior Mumbai police officials said that the steps are being taken as there have been continuous grouse from citizens against the police department for delaying the process in order to get some bribe. "If the delay is due to some genuine reason, then that has to be put in writing at the end of the seventh day," said a senior police official involved with the new scheme. However, it is not clear yet as to what kind of punitive action will be taken against the cop delaying the verification process.
According to officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Maharashtra lags behind other states in the average number of days required for completing police verification, which often results in applicants facing lots of problems.
According to police sources, an IT training programme was kept for the police personnel involved in the passport verification process at Byculla on Saturday.
Further in order to hasten the process, each police station in the city has been given a unique password through which all the passport-related documents will be sent and received through emails, thereby saving a considerable number of man hours.
However, the cops claim that the new policy is being implemented without putting into place a basic computation and stationery system in the passport divisions of the police stations.