The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Calcutta Column

Passport to process pain

I had submitted my passport to the city regional office, along with the stipulated fee of Rs1,000, for renewal in January-end. I applied for the ‘Emigration clearance not required’ category, as I had the required qualifications. But, to my surprise, the office stamped ‘migration clearance required’ on my passport. Since then, I have visited the passport office about a dozen times. The staff at the counter misbehaved with me and prevented me from meeting the higher authorities. In March-end, they accepted my passport for correction, but, within a few days, sent it back without making any changes. They didn’t offer any explanations either.

Rekha Behani,
Dover Lane.

Travel check

Some shopowners of Kidderpore frequently travel to Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong to buy goods for Calcutta customers. It would be better if the authorities concerned curb such visits temporarily and also scan their health reports in the airport itself to check the spread of SARS.

Govind Das Dujari,
Diamond Harbour Road.

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