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Government Approves funds to Effectively Launch and Execute Machine readable Passport Project

Islamabad, June 21, 2002.  A meeting was held in the Ministry of Interior on 21-6-2002 under the Chairmanship of Minister for Interior to consider restructuring proposal of Directorate General Immigration & Passports to effectively launch and execute Machine Readable Passports (MRP) Project approved by Government of Pakistan at a cost of Rs.283.925 million. 

            Mr. Khalid Saeed Haroon, Director General Immigration & Passports made a presentation to Lt. Gen. Moin-ud-Din Haider (Retd.) Minister for Interior. 

            Salient features of the presentation were as follows: - 

a)      Armed Security Guards have been appointed at each Regional Passport Office for security with the approval of Government of Pakistan. 

b)      In order to clear the Department of corrupt personnel five officers have been removed, ten dismissed, six compulsory retired and twenty awarded minor punishments. 

c)      Inspections of the offices of Political Agent, District Coordination Officers and Deputy Commissioners will be carried out to check issuance of Passports. 

d)      The Department will construct its own modern buildings in thirteen cities in the forthcoming financial year.

Minister for Interior expressed his satisfaction on the process of MRP Project and a number of recommendations in this regard. Minister further desire speedy implementation of these decisions.

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