Ten more Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) have been opened across the country as part of the government's plan to scale up its programme to utilise the head post offices to deliver passport-related services. The move comes after the success of the pilot POPSK projects in Mysore and Dahod in Gujarat (in January), the External Affairs Ministry said today. The new POPSKs at Asansol, Kavaratti, Kota, Muzaffarpur, Pathanamthitta, Raiganj, Rourkela, Salem, Udhampur and Vidisha have since been inaugurated, taking the total number of POPSK in the country to 12 (twelve), MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. The Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Posts (DoP) have joined hands to open these facilities.
In February, the government had announced to open 64 additional POPSKs -- 56 in the first batch, eight in the second batch in various states of the country. Following the successful functioning of these 12 POPSKs, MEA and DoP have now decided to open another 19 POPSKs at head post offices (HPO) in Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, the MEA said in a statement. "MEA and DoP are working closely for the early commencement of passport-related services at the remaining 73 POPSKs," it said.