Kathmandu,3 November 2014: The Department of Passport has started providing its services in two shifts from today.
The Department started to run the office in two shifts for providing services to service seekers in an easy and smooth manner at the recommendation of the Administration Improvement Implementation and Monitoring Committee.
The Department will distribute token from 7:00 am-12:30 pm and will provide services to token holders on the same day. It has been providing services to 4,000 service seekers every day.
Generally, one has to pay Rs 5,000 to get passport and Rs 10,000 for urgent service.
The Department has started to provide machine readable passport (MRP) from December 26, 2010 and 2.442 million Nepalis have acquired such passport till September 24, 2014.
Around one million handwritten passports have been displaced so far and around 1.5 million such passports are still to be displaced, it is learnt.
According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), MRP was mandatory for traveling to any country after November 2015.
Stating that although the Department has the capacity of producing around 5,000 passports daily, it has not been able to carry out works in an effective manner for lack of human resources and physical resources, Committee Coordinator Krishnahari Banskota directed the body concerned to resolve the problem immediately.
He stressed on the need of implementing one-door policy to ease the present situation of asking for the recommendation from the District Administration Office for acquiring passport.
According to the Department, it has started to provide services in two shifts from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm from today.
Banskota, Acting Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shankardas Bairagi, Joint-Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Jagannath Devkota and Director General at the Department of Passport Lok Bahadur Thapa were also present on the occasion.