Renewal of passport made easy - Address on the old passport will suffice as residence proof


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Report by Eugene Moodubelle

Udupi, 14 January 2010: Persons who return from foreign countries following the expiry of their visas and would like to renew their passport need no longer worry to produce residential address proof for police inquiry as the address in the previous passport will be considered by the police department as the proof of residence for inquiry. This information was provided by the Udupi District Superintendent of Police during the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting held on Wednesday, 13th January 2010 at 11 AM at the Udupi District Zilla Panchayat.

Realising the difficulties that have been faced by the those persons returning from abroad and requiring to renew their passport, in the absence of their names in the family ration card or not having the voters identity card as the proof of residence for the police inquiry, Mr. Gerald Fernandes, Chairman of the Social Justice Committee, Udupi Zilla President had earlier raised this issue in the KDP meeting held on 11th November 2009.

Mr. Gerald Fernandes had pointed out that those persons who come for few days from abroad would not be able to stay for the mandatory six months period in order to have their names included in the family ration card as their names might have been already struck off as they had been living abroad. Neither they are in a position to have voters identity card. Following detailed discussion in the quarterly KDP meeting, it was decided that in the next meeting the matter could be taken up and whatever decisions that will take place in the meeting would be communicated to the government for consideration.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of the Udupi Zilla Panchayat (letter No.20/SB/UD/2010 (General) from the Superintendent of Police (SP) dated 12th January 2010, it was stated that those persons who have gone abroad from the Udupi District return to their native place after the expiry of their visas and if they have to renew their passport need not produce the ration card if their name is not included in the family ration card and can submit the same address as mentioned in the original passport for the necessary police inquiry. Moreover, if their names are not included in the family ration card any other residential proof such as the bank passbook or voters identity card or driving license will be considered by the police department as the proof of their residence.

This directive from the Superintendent of the Police has come as a great relief to those persons coming from abroad whose passports require renewal. Thanks to Mr. Gerald Fernandes.

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Comments on this Article
ajit, ninjoor Wed, February-17-2010, 12:33
hi very nice
santhosh prakash mendonca, padubelle Wed, January-20-2010, 7:28
Dear it is a great job ,i really appreciate you.
james, ranganpalke Mon, January-18-2010, 5:42
i am a old student of your college .i congrats for being 50yrs thank u
Victor D, Moodubelle / Bahrain Sat, January-16-2010, 4:44
We all welcome the decision of Mr. Gerald at list tried something for the N.R.I rsquo;s about their passport problems in India, but it is good to renew the passport in gulf countries only two working days are enough rather than to suffer in India. Here our Embassies very helpful.
Louis Alva, Kattingeri/Dubai Sat, January-16-2010, 12:38
Dear Gerald, well done !!! Eventhough you are not in Gulf Country, at least you understood the problems of Gulf people you made their life little easier !!! Thank you very much for this.
Alwyn Mathias, Moodubelle Fri, January-15-2010, 6:32
Dear Gerald Although you don’t own a passport; you realized the problems of passport holders and solved it. What is next in your mission?
sannu monis, moodubelle Fri, January-15-2010, 4:24
Well done Gearld!!! Great job!!!! thanks!!!!!
wilson, pamboor Fri, January-15-2010, 1:39
Thanks to gerald. Who has visa and they want renew their passport can they do it. How many days requeired to renew the PP.
Simon Dsouza, Shirva/Doha Thu, January-14-2010, 9:29
Well Done Gerald !! It will be nice to list down the problems faced by the common people and start working with them methodically. You can count on my support
Valerian Alva, Kattingeri / Moodubelle Thu, January-14-2010, 7:39
Dear Gerald, you are a true peoples leader. You know the hardships faced by the common man. One of my close relative was stuck in India for 3 months just because his name not shown in the ration card. This is a huge relief for all people working in the Gulf from Udupi district. Anyhow, it is always better to renew once passport in the Gulf countries rather than suffer in India.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Thu, January-14-2010, 7:09
Good job gerald! Easing the hardship of people in such situations.
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