BHUBANESWAR: In a major move towards taking passport services to the doorsteps of the people, the Regional Passport Office, Bhubaneswar is set to launch a series of camps across districts.
The passport camp began at Rourkela on Friday and will continue till February 15. The camp will be organised at Berhampur from February 27 to March 1. The subsequent camps will be held in Sambalpur from March 21 to 22 followed by Kendrapara in September, Balasore and Angul in October, Bhawanipatna in November and Balangir in December.
“The decision to hold camps has been taken in view of increasing demand for passports. Now people from far off places will not have to come to the Regional Passport Office here and stand in queues. They will get the service at their doorsteps,” Regional Passport Officer Padma Mahanti said.
The issuance of number of passports has increased from 1500 in 1980 to 94,672 in 2014. The camps have been successfully piloted in Berhampur, Rourkela and Sunabeda to huge response. Special camps will also be held for CRPF jawans deployed in remote locations, Mahanti said.