Videsh Bhavan: India’s step towards an integrated travel solution In news:

In news:

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the country’s first Videsh Bhavan in Mumbai. It constitutes all Regional Passport Offices and allied departments under a single roof for efficient working of departments. Spearheaded by Sushma Swaraj, the Union Ministry of External Affairs has promised to become more ‘people-oriented’.

About Vidhesh Bhavan:

  • It will be located in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • The state-of-art office in BKC will be merging four offices of the Union Ministry of External Affairs; Regional Passport Office (RPO), Protector of Emigrants (PoE) office, Branch Secretariat and Regional Office of ICCR
  • This is the first pilot project of Videsh Bhavan and there will be more cropping up after analysing the working of this one

The need for Videsh Bhavan:

  • Currently, 90-plus RPOs and PoEs across the country function from rented offices
  • Merging and integrating them into similar Videsh Bhavans in different state capitals is expected
  • This will cut costs besides ensuring improved efficiency and speedy delivery of various services
  • The pilot project is part of Union Government’s policy to bring together different offices of the MEA under a single roof and work closely with states as more and more Indians are going abroad for education, employment, business and tourism.
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