Amritsar, May 1 () – The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs arrived here on Thursday night and today visited the local passport office and held a meeting with the passport officials and also discussed the people coming to pass the passport. In the meeting with the passport officials, they took suggestions on the functioning of the office with a view to make the passport service better. Speaking on the occasion, Member Parliament Mr. Sashi Tharoor, who is the Chairman of the Committee, said that to prepare a report on national security and other issues related to the country, he is visiting the border belt, Had started from He said that passport service centers are being opened in post offices for the purpose of providing passport service benefits to the common people and so far this has been provided in 86 post offices. He said that the new post office will soon be included in this list by expanding the scope of this service. Talking to the Amritsar Passport Seva Kendra, he said that about 850 daily passports are being issued from this center and with the people coming to make passports today, it is felt that the center is doing well.
On being asked about Kalabhushan Yadav, Committee member Amar Singh said that Pakistan is being given wrong shade on this matter and Kalbhushan should get justice. He said that on this issue all the political parties have the same stand that Kalbhushan get justice. He criticized Pakistan on this issue. On the recent action taken by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh, where 26 CRPF personnel were killed, Sashi Tharoor said that against the Naxalites’ action, where the Center is taking armed action There is also a need to take a big step towards the development of this area which is progressively backward.
Earlier, the committee members paid homage at Sri Darbar Sahib and paid floral tributes to the martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh. After visiting the local passport center, committee members also held a meeting on the security arrangements with BSF officials at ICP Attari and Wagah Border. On this occasion, the other members of the parliament, Gurjit Singh Aujla, Dr. Mumtaz Sanghamita, Pro Richard Hay, Sri Sharad Tripathi,
Shri M. Venkateshwara Rao was also present.
Captions – Speaking to the press at the local passport office, Mr. Tharoor and other MPs.