Itanagar, Feb 15: India's chief passport officer-cum-external affairs ministry's joint secretary Mukesh Kumar Pardeshi along with regional passport officer (RPO) Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar today inaugurated a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) here.
This PSK brings the NE region under the country's passport radar, Pardeshi said urging the Arunachalees to obtain passport.
People are travelling to different parts of India and abroad for work for whom passport would prove to be a genuine identity, he said.
The service would be normalized very soon with the deputy passport officer Lobsang Tsering being a local, whom he asked to create awareness about passports in engineering colleges and university.
He lauded the state government, particularly former chief minister Nabam Tuki, Chief secretary Ramesh Negi, nodal officer Joram Beda for cooperation to set up the PSK.
The RPO termed it as a great achievement that fulfilled the long felt need of the people of Arunachal Pradesh with posting of three data entry operators and an engineer to discharge the duties in a transparent manner
While 1 crore Indians obtained passports in 2014, 1.2 crore in 2015, it would be raised to 1.35 to 1.4 crore target this year, Pardeshi said.