Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday met the Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi and discussed issues of Odia immigrants and establishment of Passport Seva Kendras at Balasore, Berhampur and Bhawanipatna.
As per sources, Patnaik informed Swaraj that a large number of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers from Odisha are employed in different parts of the world, particularly in Middle East and South East Asian countries and many a times these people face difficult situations including exploitation by employers, economic hardships and accidents.
This apart, the CM also urged Swaraj to open more Post Office Passport Seva Kendras in the state.
Pattnaik requested Swaraj to improve the outreach of Post Office Passport Seva Kendras in Odisha. He said that three more Passport Seva Kendras in the second phase at Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam) and Bhawanipatna (Kalahandi) should be opened which will ensure that people located in far flung areas of different regions get the desired access to Passport services in the state.
Acknowledging Patnaik’s demands, Swaraj assured that during the second phase, three more Post Office Passport Seva Kendras will be set up in Balasore, Berhampur and Bhawanipatna.