Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): Towards convenience of citizens, the average time for passport verification in Odisha has came down to four days, informed Odisha police after acquiring the noted major achievement.
Till earlier this year, Odisha police was taking a few weeks for the verification.
As per official data, average time for passport verification was 26 days in 2018, 2019 and 36 days in 2020 (delay due to COVID-19 pandemic). In earlier years, the average verification time was 99 days in 2017, 90 days in 2016 and 38 days in 2015.
In August 2021, the average verification time was brought down to six days. In the first fortnight of September, the average time of passport verification by Odisha Police was further brought down to four days. This is among the best in the country, the statement read.
DGP Abhay appreciated the efforts of police station level officers, district SPs and Special Branch for bringing the improvement and giving people a hassle-free experience.