Regional Passport Office Chennai is currently developing a mobile application for faster police verification to issue passports. Regional Passport Officer K Balamurugan said that “it will use the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) in the state to track applicants’ antecedents”.
Reports showing that more than 38 lakh was paid as bribe to policemen across the country between 2010 and 2014 to get verification done.
All police stations in the Tamil Nadu sate would have to set up a digital database of crimes and criminals which will be shared on the CCTNS. There was a lack of clarity on what police verification was about, adding that the absence of a digital database of crimes made it futile former police officers said about this technology.
Balamurukan also added that number of measures had been introduced to decrese the time taken to process and issue passports to applicants as part of the Centre’s re-engineering of e-governance.