Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said it had cleared 58,484 out of 84,928 passport
applications in the state till December-end.
In 2010, 65,416 applications were received out of
which 61,217 were cleared, Minister of State for Home Nasir
Aslam Wani told the Legislative Assembly.
In the previous year, 84,928 applications were
received and 58,484 were cleared, he said.
Earlier, PDP, NC and Congress members raised the issue
saying the failure of the state CID to grant verification
certificates is leading to delay in issuance of passports.
"I want to assure the House that the Chief Minister
has personally issued directions that the passports of Hajis
will not be withheld on account of applicants` relatives
having alleged links with militants," the Minister said.
The Chief Minister had made it clear that nobody
could be denied passport on the plea that his relative or next
of the kin is involved in militancy.
"This is a clear policy and we are committed to it,"