14,284 passports, 5,244 permits pending for verification

Jammu: 14,284 passport and 5,244 LoC permit verifications  are  pending for various reasons including “non-receipt of reports from field formations,” the government said Tuesday.

“As on February 3, 2014, 14,284 passports and 5,244 LoC permit verifications are pending disposal for various reasons like non-receipt of reports from field formations, incomplete residential address, re-verifications of adverse cases, applicants staying out of state,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a written reply to a question Mehbooba Mufti (PDP).

Omar said that during 2013, out of 64,586 cases received for verifications of passports, 446 cases have not been recommended.

Similarly, out of 1,400 cases of LoC permits of Indian applicant received during 2013, 77 cases have not been recommended, he said.

‘The non-recommended cases do not fall under the ambit of the present policy of the government,” Omar said.

In a separate reply to  PDP’s Abdul Rehman Veeri query, Omar said the government had issued the revised guidelines for issuance of passports.

According to the guidelines, Omar said, the cases of relatives of a militant who has died ten years ago should be cleared unless there is any adverse report against the passport applicants regarding his involvement in militancy or disruptive activities.

Consideration shall be given on case basis and after thorough verification of their present activities, he said.

“Passport applicants can also be considered for clearance of passport, whose militant relatives have surrendered before 12 years and have joined mainstream and are silent,” Omar said.

Giving further details, Omar said passport applicants or close relatives of a militant can also be considered for performing Hajj after clearance from  CID headquarters.

However, he said,  full clearance could also be considered on case to case basis if  “they have no adverse report from concerned quarters.”

Female passport applicants whose father or husband or son had been reported to be involved in militancy should be considered for clearance of Hajj, Omar said about the revised government guidelines.

The verification of passports has been brought under the purview of the Public Services Guarantee Act, 2011, Omar said.

Omar also said that under normal circumstances, the grant of passports, visas, by the central government to relatives or family members of militants is not objected provided the state government is convinced that the the applicant is travelling  abroad  purely for personal purpose and for any political or activities the interest of the state and the country.

“The grant of passport, visas to relatives of family members of militants may not be recommended by the state government, if on investigation it is found that they are planning to or are likely to utilize the visit to the foreign country for anti-national activity or for any activities related to the furtherance of militancy or subversive activities in the state,” he said.