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Tatkal system for ‘Proof of Address' cards

N. Anand

CHENNAI: India Post Chennai region will issue ‘Proof of Address' (PoA) card through tatkal system on pilot basis from April onwards.

Launched during October 2008 in the Chennai city region on a pilot basis, the ‘Proof of Address' card enables residents, travelling businessmen, sales and marketing personnel and students to prove the validity of their latest address to apply for passport, driving licence, ration card, gas, telephone connections and open bank accounts.

Talking to The Hindu on Monday, Chennai City Region Postmaster General M.S. Ramanujan said “usually, it takes more than 15 to 20 days to issue a card. We have been getting half-a-dozen phone calls from students and VIPs asking for ‘PoA' cards in three or four days to enable them to apply for passport. We have been turning down their requests. In the existing scheme of things, we cannot jump the queue for them. We thought about a fast track channel and came up with the tatkal system on the lines of issue of passport and rail ticket.”

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