Demand for passports up in city


Bhubaneswar, January 17: Considering the steep rise in number of passport seekers, the regional passport office in the state capital has decided to issue one lakh passports during 2014.

Last year nearly 78,000 passports were issued and the figure in 2012 was 73,000, which was nearly a 15% rise in a year. Similarly 53,000 passports were issued in 2011 and 42,000 in 2007, informed M K Pardeshi, chief passport officer of India, here in a press meet on Friday.