New Delhi: The Home Ministry has asked the
External Affairs Ministry to provide details of pending cases of issuance of passports in Jammu and Kashmir to expedite their security clearance.
The decision has been taken as part of the Centre`s
confidence building measures in Jammu and Kashmir where security clearance has not given to many passports applicants for their alleged links with militants.
Instances were brought to the notice of the Home Ministry
that some residents of J-K were finding it difficult to obtain
their passports due to the antecedents of their parents.
In one such case, Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai
intervened when Mubeshirah Qayoom, a resident of Sopore, did
not get security clearance as her father had alleged links
with a militant organisation.
The Home Ministry took up the issue with the authorities
concerned and the necessary no-objection certification was
granted and conveyed to the passport division for issuance of
a passport to her.
"This indicates seriousness of the government of India
towards making the process of issuance of passports to the
residents of Jammu and Kashmir faster," a Home Ministry