KARACHI: The denizens of the biggest city of the country will be freed from the hassle of long irritating struggle in getting their passport as they would be able to order for home delivery against a minor fee.
The government has collaborated with TCS, the largest courier service inside the country, and the National Bank of Pakistan to materialise the program which was launched on Monday.
The inauguration, held at the Regional Passport Office, Sadar, witnessed Immigration and Passports director Mazhar Yasin Watto as the chief guest. TCS marketing director Naiyar Saifi was also there on the occasion of launch.
This project will facilitate the citizens of Karachi to have their passports from their doorsteps through TCS Passport Express Service against Rs250 additional charges for the delivery.
“The corruption element [in the department] will minimise with the start of the TCS Passport Express Service,” said Watto on the occasion, clarifying that the courier will verify the recipient through a biometric device while delivering to the client at their door to ensure that right person gets the passport.
“TCS will ensure that the passport dispatched by the authorities reach the correct person or an authorised representative on the given address within the prescribed time in a safe and secure manner,” said TCS marketing director Naiyar Saifi, adding that a client can complain to TCS or the Islamabad passport office if the delivery is delayed.
Earlier, such service had also been launched in the Federal capital when interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan inaugurated on November 26 this year.
As stated Watto, the interior minister is striving to meet worldwide set standards and, to do so, an online application process for passport renewal will be launched very soon. He also said that executive passport offices will be set up in 16 different cities across the country with modern facilities by the next year.