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Passport verification enquiry system launched

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KOCHI: New technologies will be incorporated for the modernisation of the police force in the State, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Minister for Home, Vigilance and Tourism, has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the automated salary disbursal system and passport verification status digital enquiry system, being implemented by the City Police in association with the State Bank of India, here on Saturday.

According to the new system, the salaries of 3,000-odd personnel of the City Police will be credited to their bank accounts, instead of being disbursed from the treasury through the office of the City Police Commissioner (CPO).

Welcoming the gathering, City Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham said this will save manpower usually deployed for disbursal of salaries during the first few days of every month. Along with this, the City Police are evolving a system whereby the fines compounded for traffic offences could be remitted to nearest SBI branch, which will provide an alert and receipt to the CPO.

The passport verification status digital enquiry system is being implemented in association with Airtel. According to the system, those who have applied for passports can check the status of police verification by either logging on to the City Police’s website ( www.kochicitypolice.org) or send an SMS to the number 98953 88881, which will generate a reply in 10 seconds.

The passport verification process often leads to complaints due to the lack of transparency in the process. Even though the verification process has been shifted from the Special Branch to the local police stations, the public has no means to check the status of the application. This will be corrected under the new system, said Jacob Punnoose, Director General of Police.

V.R. Rajeevan, Additional Director General of Police, South Zone; Vinson M. Paul, Inspector General of Police, Ernakulam Range; T. Vikram, Deputy City Police Commissioner; and N. Hari, DGM, SBI, were present.

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