Close on the heels of Udhampur, Kathua has also got a Passport Center, the formal order for which was issued by Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj. This was disclosed here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Member of Parliament from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Lok Sabha constituency, on the sidelines of a media briefing on GST and related issues.
An official communiqué said Dr Jitendra Singh had been personally following up the issue of opening Passport outlets in locations other than the two regional offices at Jammu and Srinagar. As a result of constant effort and follow up by him, a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) was made operational at Udhampur recently and now, a similar Passport Kendra has been approved for Kathua as well.
As per a communiqué from the Ministry of External Affairs, besides Udhampur and Kathua, the other towns in Jammu and Kashmir which are in pipeline for similar Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) include Leh, Anantnag and Baramulla. For people of Kathua particularly, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Passport service outlet will prove to be a great boon because this city is fast developing as an important industry hub.
Not only this, he said, a Passport center at Kathua will also cater to a number of neighboring areas in adjacent States like Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Meanwhile, a Passport Seva Kendra in Kathua is yet another addition to a number of innovative works recently started in the district which include Keediyan-Gadyal bridge, Biotech Park, Lakhanpur Bhaderwah Highway with Chhatergala tunnel etc.