Travel permits for MRP seekers after November 24 deadline
25 October 2015, Nirapad News: People, who will fail to get machine readable passports (MRPs) within the November 24 deadline, don’t have to worry much as the director general of Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) said there will be alternative for them to make travels.
“After the November 24 deadline, we will issue travel permits against the hand written passports so that they can make their travels. But I would like to urge everyone to get MRP within the stipulated time,” said NM Zeaul Alam, DG of DIP.
According to the deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), no travelers will be allowed to travel with non-MRPs after November 24. All non-machine readable passports would be out of circulation by that date.
Apart from different passport offices throughout the country, MRPs are being issued from 65 missions of Bangladesh.
“We are working relentlessly to serve the passport seekers and delivering around 15,000 thousand MRPs daily. Though it is a quite a good number but it is still 5000 short of our capacity,” passport DG added.
Meanwhile, thanks to the initiative taken by the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) with the help of DIP, passport seekers in rural areas are now getting passport service at their doorstep.
A passport seeker, now, are not having to go to district passport office time and again as the service for obtaining passport is being provided at the Union Digital Centers (UDCs) throughout the country.
“This service has been launched in UDCs in eight districts on pilot basis so far- Rangpur, Panchagarh, Pabna, Kushtia, Jessore, Barisal, Chandpur and Sylhet. We are going to initiate the service in more than five thousand UDCs in the country by phases from November 2015,” said Mazedul Islam, program coordinator of a2I.
“Till now, a passport-seeker has to come to passport office in the district town to collect passport form, pay fee, submit the form, be snapped and then collect the passport when it is ready. But under the new process, passport-seekers are being able to complete the formalities online in UDCs, deposit the fee and submit the form in that very office,” he added.