AGARTALA, Aug 11 - A Passport Seva Kendra is likely to come up here within the next 3 to 5 months with the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry (MEA) trying to finish all necessary works, the Assembly was informed here on Tuesday.
Replying to a notice moved by MLAs Shyamal Chakraborty and Sudahn Das, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said a five-member MEA team, headed by Joint Secretary MK Pardeshi, visited the State on August 10. During the visit, the team selected the place for establishing the Passport Seva Kendra. The Agartala Municipal Corporation and NBCC-owned building at Jackson Gate will house the Kendra.
A lease agreement has already been signed to use the second floor the building.
Following a request from the MEA, the State government has already assigned a TCS Grade-I officer to act as an Assistant Passport Officer to look after the functioning of the Passport Seva Kendra here. Moreover, a bank account has also been opened in SBI in the name of Agartala Passport Kendra. Now, interior decoration works are going on in the allotted rooms of the building, which are likely to be completed by next three months, Sarkar said.