STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 518 REGARDING ` DELAY IN PASSPORT ISSUANCE` FOR ANSWER ON 13.08.2014
(a) & (b) Yes, Madam. Though the time taken for issue of passports has been progressively reduced in recent years, the Government is also aware that in some cases, there is delay in issuance of passports. The details of passport service applications received during the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 and the period January – June, 2014 and the pendency are enclosed (Annexure I, II, III & IV). The passports are issued Passport Office-wise and the data is compiled accordingly.
The process for Passport issuance sometimes becomes longer due to:
(i) late receipt of police verification reports beyond the stipulated time of 21 days;
(ii) receipt of incomplete police reports;
(iii) increase in demand for passport to the tune of 15% in a year; and
(iv) shortage of manpower in the Central Passport Organization, to deal with the increasing demand for passport services.