Bangladesh is the first in South Asia to go for the e-passport project – claims Additional Director General of Passport Directorate Umme Salma Tanzia. In an exchange meeting in Noakhali, she also said that the passport department is serving 180 million people with only 1200 manpower.
Additional Director General (Human Resources, Management and Finance) Umme Salma Tanzia said in a discussion meeting on Monday in the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner of Noakhali, that the Passport Directorate is serving 180 million people with a workforce of 1184 people. Among them, there are 72 offices in Bangladesh and 80 embassies abroad.
“We are providing maximum service even with less manpower; I want to increase the reputation with the cooperation of all,” he said.
Umm Salma Tanzia said, “The father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first thought about the passport department. He established the Directorate of Passports in 1973. Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is thinking about this department. He has taken various initiatives to modernize this department.”
Mentioning that Bangladesh is the first in South Asia to go for the e-passport project, Umme Salma said, “No country in South Asia has dared to go for an e-passport, Sheikh Hasina has shown that courage.”
Digital Bangladesh is Smart Bangladesh; In accordance with this, the government has taken the initiative to ensure the receipt of passports, said Umme Salma.
In the exchange meeting under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Dewan Mahbubur Rahman, the local dignitaries put forward various proposals to solve the problems of passports, the violence of brokers, and harassment at immigration at the airport.
Additional District Commissioner (General) Israt Sadmin, newly promoted Superintendent of Police Deepak Jyoti Khisa, Journalist Alamgir Yousuf, Moniruzzaman Chowdhury and Abu Nacher Manju, along with representatives of various classes and professions of the district expressed their views in the meeting.