First all-woman Passport Seva Kendra starts operations in Punjab

The first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) run by an all-woman team has started operations in Phagwara, Punjab. The seva kendra was inaugurated by Union Minister Vijay Sampla in the local head Post Office.

Though the new Seva Kendra was 192nd POPSK in the country, it was the first one to be operated by an all-woman team. “It was part of the Centre’s initiative for women empowerment,” Sampla said.

The Phagwara Kendra will be headed by department’s Verification Officer Madhuri Bhavi. The other two women staff members — Postal Assistants — will be from the Post Office Department. The printing and issuing of passports will be done by Jalandhar office. At present, 50 applications will be received and processed here daily. “The POPSK would be able to increase the number to 100 in future,” said Jalandhar regional Passport Officer Harmanbir Singh Gill.

This kendra will cater to needs of Kapurthala, Nawandhar and Jalandhar rural districts. Phagwara POPSK will benefit people immensely as the town was an NRI hub of Doaba region of the state. People of the region will now get all facilities related to applying for and processing of passport applications.