Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan inaugurated the renovated premises of Regional Passport Office (RPO) at Hyderabad through video conference at a virtual ceremony.
The Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy, State Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Member of Parliament, Malkajgiri Lok Sabha Constituency A Revanth Reddy, Secunderabad Cantonment MLA G Sayanna and Senior Officers of Ministry of External Affairs and CPWD took part in the programme.
The renovation exercise was taken with the objective to upgrade infrastructure and to provide better public services. The new building hosts a common reception with a new public waiting hall, multipurpose hall and conference facilities apart from improving accessibility to the public including ‘Divyang’ applicants.
As a part of the renovation, other offices of the Ministry of External Affairs including Protector of Emigrants(POE), Branch Secretariat(BS) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (lCCR) have been integrated within Regional Passport Office premises, making Hyderabad only the second city after Mumbai to have such an integrated MEA complex.
The Public can avail various MEA services including Passport, Emigration, Apostille and ICCR related services under one roof. All five Passport SevaKendras(PSKs) and Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) in Telangana have resumed full operations from mid-September, 2020.