Calcutta, Oct. 16: Come January, passport applicants from the districts will not have to travel all the way to Calcutta to deposit their applications, thanks to the District Passport Cells.
The new cells will come into effect from the new year.
After a meeting at Writers’ Buildings yesterday, home secretary Amit Kiran Deb and regional passport officer Ohm Prakash Jha announced that the special cells will be housed at the district magistrates’ office. The effort will facilitate smooth distribution of passports, they added.
“Passport application forms would be available from these cells and the filled in applications may be submitted there. After attaching the police report and other documents, the District Passport Cells would forward the applications to the regional passport office,” said Deb.
Officials at the regional passport office said district cells had been in operation in 24 states since January 2002.
The meeting that finalised the operation of the cells in the state from the new year was attended by the district magistrates of Hooghly, Nadia, Howrah, North and South 24-Parganas.