With the inauguration of a passport office on Wednesday at Old Assembly secretariat, the people in the state of Manipur will now find it easier and cheaper to apply for passports, as they would no longer need to go to Guwahati to acquire passports.
Chief minister Okram Ibobi along with several ministers including Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Members of Parliament Abdul Salam and Thangso Baite, and officials of Ministry of External Affairs attended the inaugural function of the office.
Joint Secretary and Chief Passport Officer of Passport Seva Project, Muktesh K. Pardeshi told reporters the newly launched Passport office in Imphal is the third in North East, after Aizwal and Shillong. He added there are already 85,000 passport holders in the entire North East.
According to The Sangai Express, Nagaland and Sikkim would be opening Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) offices soon. In the meanwhile, Manipur State Government has been pressing the Centre to open Visa on Arrival Service offices at Tulihal airport and Moreh.