In the current scenario, if anyone wants to have their passports issued or renewed, cops arrive at the applicant’s home, and physically verify the details provided. But, not anymore.
Govt. of India has unleashed a major reform pertaining to passport verification and issuance. Within a year from now, all forms of physical police verification would be abolished, thereby introducing a fully digitalized version of the same.
Under the new framework, a centralized database of anti-social elements and criminals would be created, covering pan-India. And when a particular person’s police records are required to be verified, this centralized database would be used.
This new system, called as Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS), will be connected with passport services of the Ministry of External Affairs, thereby eliminating need for physical police verification.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, “The police portal will provide the citizen facility for online complaint registration and request for antecedent verification…the CCTNS project will help in realising the Prime Minister’s dream of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’,”
In what manner will it work?
At whatever point there is a requirement for police confirmation, the cops will be given hand-held gadgets to go to a candidate’s address and transfer his or her subtle elements on to the system.
The accessible data will be coordinated against records in the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS), in this manner checking the criminal history of the candidate.
Consequently, there won’t be any physical check of the candidate by the police. It will minimise contact with cops and lessen time,”