Fresh passports to Indians returning from Libya

Jalandhar: The process of allotting fresh passports to the Indians returning from strife-torn Libya on "emergency slips" has started, an official said on Monday.

"Fresh passports to 248 persons, who returned from Libya on emergency slips, have already been allotted. Passports to the remaining citizens will also be given within a week," Regional Passport Officer Parneet Singh said.

Indians working in Libya were forced to return on "emergency slips" issued by the Indian Embassy as part of a temporary arrangement as their original passports were kept by their employers.

Singh said the passport office will not charge any fees from the Indians returning from Libya as per the directives of Indian Foreign Ministry.