SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has made surveillance authorization mandatory for its employees seeking a passport.
The general administration department, in a circular issued Thursday, has asked all administrative secretaries and department heads to issue a certificate of no objection to employees applying for a passport only after obtaining a surveillance authorization in this regard.
The circular was issued in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Government of India, in February last year for those employees who wish to apply for a passport.
In accordance with these guidelines, it became mandatory to request a new surveillance authorization for the issuance of a passport by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Jammu and Kashmir Anti-Corruption Office had also surveyed the administration that the existing mechanism provided for the issuance of a passport even to those employees against whom surveillance cases were recorded.
“Therefore, there is an urgent need to instruct all administrative departments to issue NOCs for passport issuance only on the basis of surveillance authorization,” the circular said.