Now, passport-seekers to pay fee online at the time of appointment


LUCKNOW
If you want to apply for a new passport , or get it renewed , you will have to pay the required fee at the time of online appointment itself.

To discourage non-serious applicants at Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs), the Lucknow passport office has started charging passport fee in advance. The PSKs at Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur have also introduced this system.After the passport application process went fully online two years ago, the applicants have been depositing fee in cash at the PSK counters.Now, with the launch of online payment based appointments, applicants will be required to make payment at the time of booking appointment on the external affairs ministry website.

Full report here Times of India

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