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23/08/2013 07:58pm

Vellore and Salem need Passport Seva Kendra to help export houses

image Vellore and Salem need Passport Seva Kendra to help export houses
New Delhi, Aug 23 (KNN)  Vellore and Salem, the two cities of Tamil Nadu which although have a large number of small and medium units do not have a Passport Seva Kendra as a result of which business communities and export houses of the areas face problems.

The Ministry of External Affairs has been requested to set up passport offices in both the cities.

“Vellore district of Tamil Nadu is one of the important revenue generating districts of the country.  It has the biggest shoe industries, mega tanneries, meat processing plants, large number of export houses...there is no Passport Seva Kendra in the area and the business communities have to travel to Chennai for the document,” said Member of Parliament (MP) from Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Abdul Rahman.

Further, a sizeable number of people from the area are working overseas and face difficulties.  In addition, people from three neighbouring districts of Thiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri have to travel to the nearest passport office which is 200 km away.

Meanwhile, people from Salem also face the same problem though it happens to be the fifth largest city in Tamil Nadu and home to a large number of textile units.

“There is an absolute need to open a Passport Seva Kendra in Salem city as there is no separate centre at present to provide this service.  People wanting to apply for passport have to visit Coimbatore,” said MP, elected from Salem, Tamil Nadu S Semmalai.

Salem silk is very renowned and sought after.  Considering the large volumes of textile production and absence of marketing facilities, manufacturers and traders are at a disadvantageous position.

Semmalai who is a member of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) said, there was an unmanageable crowd at Coimbatore Kendra as it caters to the needs of six districts including Salem.

Moreover, Vellore is home to more than 60,000 students who travel to foreign countries for their academic assignments, said member of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party Rahman, echoing similar sentiments.

“I earnestly request the Ministry of External Affairs to set up a passport office in Vellore. It will certainly fulfil the timely demand of the local population and will be a big support to the economic activities of the area,” said Rahman.  (KNN/GUNJ)

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