Indians who want to apply for passport under tatkal ( immediate ) scheme do not need to get verification certificate from senior gazette officer ( Class 1 ) the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.
The MEA has amended Passport Rules, 1980 to remove verification certificate requirement.
Until now, following annexure F (specimen verification certificate for passport under tatkal only), a certificate by a Class 1 officer recommending the passport be issued under the tatkal category was required.
According to a senior official in Regional Passport Office in India, with this step, applicant no longer need to get the verification certificate and it will be a great relief to those who face difficulties in getting it.
A Class 1 officer is someone at the level of deputy secretary or above, working for the Government of India or a state government. Also, gazetted officers include a district collector, superintendent of police, assistant commissioners, tehsildars or government officials with a higher designation are considered Class 1 officers.
As opposed to a normal passport application, a tatkal passport application ensures quick verification and faster processing. Passports issued under this scheme are dispatched within one to three working days from the time the applicant furnishes the required paperwork at a passport seva kendra.