17 June, Kathmandu:
Ministry of Home Affairs had passed the request of “not issuing passports to ordinary applicants” have been accepted by department of passports. To the thought of not issuing the passports was taken into consideration to make the distribution fair as people from different parts of the country are not able to visit their district administration office due to lockdown restricts on mobility, except for Kathmandu, to apply for their passports elaborated ministry.
Ramkaji Khadka, director general at the Department of Passport informed “We received a request from the Ministry of Home Affairs today to stop issuing passports to ordinary applicants. The decision was taken as some people in high-risk areas don’t have access to passport services, which should be equally available to Nepali citizens. The service was also halted as it would be difficult for many district administration offices to forward the passport application forms to the Department of Passports, Kathmandu. The department also will be unable to forward issued passports to the district offices for distribution.”
On Sunday and Monday, The department issued around 200 passports on under the urgent quota, specifically those applying online for scholarships in foreign universities.
It was also mentioned that the services will be available to those people abroad who are applying from foreign through Nepali missions. For the moment, the department has protracted the deadline to supply e-passports tenders till mid-July due to the unavailability of international flights and requests from prospective international buyers.