In a move aimed at ending the long queues and the long wait in issue of passport, the Government, on Monday, awarded the Rs 1,000-crore ‘Passport Seva Project’ contract, entailing digitisation of the entire passport services, to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The e-governance project is expected to speed up the process of issue of new passport to three working days, subject to police verification. Passports applied for under the ‘tatkal’ scheme would be dispatched on the same day, subject to address and police verification.
This is the second mission mode project to be implemented by TCS after MCA-21 project. While the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) would continue to perform the sovereign function such as verification and grant of passport, all peripheral activities would be done by TCS.
TCS is the prime contractor for the project, which would be implemented in partnership with other companies including CMC (for services), IBM (infrastructure), Nortel (networking) and EMC (storage) amongst others. While the entire project is valued at about Rs 1,000 crore over a six-year period, TCS said it has not computed the net accruals to the company, or others.