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Dr Mesquita informs Centre to open passport extension office in Margao
June 20, 2012
PANJIM: The office of the NRI Commissioner has written to Union Minister for External Affairs to open a passport extension office at Margao.
Dr Wilfred Mesquita, NRI Commissioner on June 11 has written a letter to the ministry pointing out that Margao
is in dire need of a passport office, since an average of 175 and 200 applications are generated daily online.
In his communiqué he has also stressed on how people of South Goa have to travel over 60 kms to get their passports done from the capital. More often than not, they have to make repeated visits in the event of their documentation not being complete.
When contacted Dr Mesquita confirmed that he has written to the Union ministry requesting the need for opening up of passport seva Kendra in Margao. He said he has also spoken to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar regarding the same. “The Chief Minister has assured to provide premises for locating passport seva Kendra in Margao.” he said.
Dr Mesquita said such a facility should have been set-up long time ago in South Goa. The appointment slots for submission of applications with documents are allotted with a gap of 15 days, unlike in the past when the applications filled manually were accepted at the counter at any time. This causes a lot of inconvenience to people in the South.
“It is pertinent to mention that in the global job market today, workers are often required to travel at short notice and therefore cannot afford to wait for 15 days period for the process to commence.” Dr Mesquita said reiterating the need for a passport office in South Goa.
South Goa accounts for 66 per cent of emigrant households as against 34 per cent from North Goa. Obviously, therefore majority of Goans migrating abroad for better prospects, hail from South Goa district, he added.