Kochi: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Sunday said India`s claim for permanent membership in the UN Security council was gaining support.
Indian economy and the country`s foreign relations have taken good strides and based upon this many countries were coming forward to support India`s claim for permanent membership in the council, Rao told reporters here.
This process may take little time, but any way we are hopeful, she said.
As part of e-Governance initiative, 77 passport seva kendras would be started throughout the country.
These kendras would be given outsourcing work of passport offices. Except police verification, all other formalities would be completed by these kendras, she said.
In Kerala, 13 such centres were expected to start functioning from July next year, she said, adding, Tata Consultancy Services was contracted for the outsourcing work.
An evaluation conducted by the government on such centres had shown that they would work effectively, Rao, who was here to participate in the South Indian Regional Passport Officers conference said.
When the seva kendras begin functioning, it was hoped that there would not be any need for more passport offices in Kerala. The state presently has offices in Kochi, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuarm, she said.
On delays during police verifications for issuing new passports, Rao said she had written to Chief Secretaries of all states to ensure that verification work was done without delay. Efforts were made to issue passports in 30 days, she said.