Indian passport fees
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PTI : New Delhi: Procuring passport will be
costlier from October 1.
Government has decided to increase the Passport and related services fees from
Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 under the normal category and from Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 under
Tatkal scheme, a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry said.
The fees of Passport and related services was last fixed on March 29, 2002.
For Indian citizens living abroad, the revised fee would be USD 75.00 (from
40.00) and Euro 60.00 (from 48.00) for normal applications.
The statement said the hike was necessitated by considerable increase in the
last ten years in inputs costs relating to establishment, capital expenditure,
procurement of equipment, reimbursement to police authorities, payment to India
Posts, printing of passport booklets, personalisation costs, IT expenses and
contractual payment to service providers.
The current regime of Passport fee came into force in July, 1993 subsequent to
the passing of the Passport (Amendment) Bill, 1992 which permits the government
to fix the Passport fee on the basis of actual cost incurred on issuing of a