Passport issue rocks J&K Assembly

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 21:37

Jammu: The issue of pendency of passports due
to "failure" of the state intelligence rocked the Jammu and
Kashmir Assembly on Monday with legislators from various parties
demanding time-bound verification and issuance of the travel

Shortly after the Question Hour in the Legislative
Assembly, Mir Saifullah of NC and GA Mir of Congress and
other PDP members raised the issue of "huge pendency" of
passports to people due to "failure of the state intelligence
(CID) in giving verification reports in time-bound manner and
also denial of such reports".

"Despite being an MLA it took me eight months to get the
passport. This is the condition of an MLA, what about the
common people," Saifullah said.

The MLAs called for time-bound verification and issuance
of passports even to the kiths and kins of those involved in

Amid noisy scenes and uproar, the legislators alleged that
government was not implementing its assurances and policies
concerning the issue.

Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone said verification was
necessary for all including MLAs but it should be in a
time-bound manner.

Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani said, "There
is a huge increase in the number of applications for grant of
passports. Another problem is the multiple addresses in the
applications and it takes a lot of time for verification and
this has created a lot of backlog."


First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 21:37

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