Applications for issue of passports under the Tatkal scheme are accepted if a verification certificate is submitted in the prescribed performa, duly signed by a designated officer of the Central/State Governments, or on submission of three prescribed documents. Two lists containing designated officers and prescribed documents are enclosed at Annexure A and B.
Generally, Passport Offices have adhered to the time-target of issuing passports under the Tatkal scheme. Under the scheme, fresh passports are issued within the time-target of 1-7 days and re-issued passports within three working days, subject to no adverse information being found in the system during the processing of the applications. The Government has elaborated a public grievances redressal mechanism to attend to all grievances, including those under the Tatkal scheme, at every passport office as well as at Consular, Passport, and Visa Division of the Ministry.
List of 14 documents:
a) Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
b) Service Identity Cards issued by State/Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings, Local bodies or Public Limited Companies
c ) SC/ST/OBC Certificates
d) Freedom Fighter Identity Cards
e) Arms Licenses
f) Property Documents such as Pattas, Registered Deeds etc
g) Ration Cards
h) Pension Documents such as Ex-Servicemen’s Pension book/Pension Payment Order, Ex- Servicemen’s Widow/Dependent Certificates, Old Age Pension Order, Widow Pension Order
i) Railway Identification Cards
j) Income Tax Identity(PAN) cards
k) Bank/Kisan/Post Office Passbooks
l) Student Identity Cards issued by recognized educational institutions
m) Driving Licenses
n) Birth Certificates issued under the Registrar of Births & Deaths (RBD) Act
Note: At least one of the three documents submitted should be a photo identity document and at least one should be, out of those listed at ‘a’ to ‘i’ above.
The List of authorities competent to issue Verification Certificates (VCs)
a) An Under Secretary /Deputy Secretary/Director/Joint Secretary/Special Secretary/Secretary/Cabinet Secretary in the Government of India;
b) A Director/Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary/Special Secretary/Chief Secretary in a State Government
c) A Sub-Divisional Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate/Additional DM/District Magistrate of the District of residence of the applicant
d) A District Superintendent of Police, DIG/IG/DGP of District of residence of the applicant
e) A Major and above in the army, Lt. Commander and above in the Navy and Sq. Leader and above in the Air Force
f) General Manger of a Public Sector Undertaking
g) A member of an All India Service or Central Service, who is equivalent to or above the rank of an Under Secretary to the Government i.e. in the pay scale of Rs. 10,000-15,200 or above
h) Resident Commissioners/Additional Residential Commissioners of all State Governments based in Delhi
i) Concerned Tehsildars or concerned SHO for an applicant staying in the area under his/her jurisdiction.
j) Chairman/Chairperson of Apex Business Organizations such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) in respect of owners,, partners or directors of the companies that are members of the concerned Chamber.
This information was given by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State of External Affairs in reply to a question by Shri Gireesh Kumar Sanghi in Rajya Sabha today.