Telangana gets a new software 'Veryfast' that has been designed and conceptualised by additional IG M Ramesh Reddy for passport verification, which will be distributed to all the district headquarters.
DGP Anurag Sharma speaking during a video conference with district SPs and special branch officers said that the new software was successfully tested and deployed in the twin commissionerate limits of Hyderabad and Cyberabad.
He said, "Two-phases of training will be imparted to the officers concerned shortly on the use of the new application on the tablet computers. The first batch of training will be held at Warangal shortly covering the districts of Adilabad, Khammam and Karimnagar and rest of the districts will be provided at Hyderabad". After the training, ipads would be provided to all the stake-holders to make use of the system of passport verification more efficient, transparent and accountable. The new application is aimed at reducing paper work and makes it pro-active and citizen friendly.
The software also allowed reflection of the performance of individual units in the monthly reports that are submitted to the DGP. Ministry of External Affairs has engaged Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to modernise passport administration but had not included a police verification module in the passport portal. Hence, the 'Veryfast' package was conceptualised and designed by AIG M Ramesh Reddy working at the DGP's office, the release said.
"Benefits of this new application will reduce the huge amount of paper work in Special Branch of SPs," the release said. Earlier citizens ran around designated officers and had to pay Rs 3,000 after applying for passports under the tatkal scheme, but now they could get passports in lesser time by paying Rs 1,000 after the new application has been adopted, it added.