New Delhi : Kerala’s Malappuram district, which sends a large number of workers to Gulf countries, is to get a new passport office Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed said Thursday.
The government would open new passport offices at Dehradun in Uttaranchal, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh and Malappuram in Kerala, Ahamed said in a written answer in Lok Sabha.
Talking to IANS, Ahamed said: "There has been a long-time demand to open a passport office in Malappuram, which has a considerable number of citizens working in the Gulf region."
The new passport offices would be opened "in the near future depending upon the availability of manpower and logistical back up", Ahamed said in parliament.
He said the passport office at Kozhikode in northern Kerala received around 120,000 applications every year from Kozhikode, Wayanadu, Kannur and Kasargode districts.
"There are around 70,000 applications from Malappuram and 48,000 from neighbouring Palghat. The existing passport office is finding it very difficult to meet the demands," he said.
The new passport office at Malappuram will handle applications from the district and Palghat.
It is estimated that some 400,000 people from Muslim-dominated Malappuram district work in the Gulf countries.