Passport Service Week-2018 begins in Bangladesh

Passport Service Week-2018 is set to begin tomorrow aiming to supplement the efforts of the government for ensuring hassle-free services for the people.

Home Minister Md Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will inaugurate the Passport Service Week-2018 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here at 11 am tomorrow.

On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the Passport Service Week-2018. They wished success of all programmes of the week.

The President, in his message, said a passport is an important identity card of a citizen.

He appreciated the introduction of machine-readable passports in the country and said the demand for passport is increasing gradually with the rise in the number of people going abroad in the current age of globalization.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, recalled that the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had turned the Directorate of passport into a department in 1973 and took various steps to make the department more dynamic.

She said, till now, the department has issued approximately two crores of machine-readable passports and six lakh machine-readable visas.

The government has also taken steps to introduce e-passport based on ultramodern technology soon, she added.

She thanked the Department of Immigration and Passports for completing the registration of approximately 10 lakh Rohingyas, who infiltrated into Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar.

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