PSP – PSP Oste Sun, 09 Jan 2022 15:52:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PSP – PSP Oste 32 32 explained | India moves towards ePassports: Government plans ambitious expansion of digital network and passport offices Sun, 09 Jan 2022 15:52:15 +0000

This will lead to faster delivery of passports and allow for verification of applicants and rapid tracing in emergency situations.

What is the latest agreement between MEA and TCS regarding Indian passports? What can we expect from the PSP-V2.0?

The story so far: On January 7, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed an agreement with Tata Consultancy Services Limited for the second phase of the Passport Seva (PSP) program, one of the Indian government’s many Mission Mode Projects (MMPs). The latest deal will facilitate the next phase of PSP called PSP-V2.0. The billion dollar deal will focus on faster delivery of passports to citizens and create more effective integration between different wings of government like the MEA and the local police network who can work in harmony for the verification of applicants and rapid tracing in emergency situations.

What is the feature of the new passport initiative program?

Current passport application and processing continues to involve manual sections and these are expected to go digital in the new phase. The Foreign Office has stated that PSP-V2.0 is a “continuation and improvement” of PSP-V1.0. An official statement said the new initiative aims to create a digital platform that is “transparent, more accessible and reliable” and that it is supported by a trained workforce. This will create a cutting-edge digital ecosystem, revise existing processes, and integrate various wings of government involved in issuing passports. The issue of training employees in the new process has not yet started, however, which is expected to take some time.

What will be the nature of the partnership with TCS?

According to the MEA, Tata Consultancy Services will provide “support functions” such as “citizen interface, technology backbone, call centers, training and change management”. The government will exercise “all sovereign and security-related functions” in the passport issuance process. Strategic assets such as data centers, database and application software will be owned by the government and access would be controlled by biometrics. The program also plans to have a data center, disaster recovery center and secure government repository that would be networked with all Seva Kendras passports and Seva Kendras postal passports (POPSK). The global system would be connected to all Indian diplomatic missions abroad and would enable surveillance and oversight through a state-of-the-art Network Operations Center and Security Operations Center (SOC). “The program has recently been connected to over 176 Indian missions / posts through the Global Passport Seva (GPSP) program, providing seamless delivery of passport services to the Indian Diaspora,” MEA said in a statement.

However, public-private partnership is needed to address the problem of the lack of government workers in passport offices across the country. The announcement highlighted that the government is preparing to launch Seva Kendras in all Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. But, according to employees in the Passport division, there remain a large number of vacancies in government positions in these offices and a full spectrum of “control and supervision” will require more staff on the government side. Despite the government’s ambitious expansion program, these vacancies have yet to be filled. all 36 existing passport offices do not yet have a passport officer.

What will be the new features of the PSP-V2.0?

The new program is expected to feature a technological upgrade, including the use of the latest biometric technologies, artificial intelligence, advanced data analysis, chat-bot, automatic response, natural language processing and activation from the cloud. The last feature of the PSP-V2.0 will be the issuance of the new generation of passports called ePassports. By virtue of this, new and renewed passports will be equipped with an electronic chip that will contain all the biometric information about the applicants. Sanjay Bhattacharyya, MEA secretary in charge of passport services, said in a social media post that next-generation ePassports will facilitate the immigration process across the world and also increase digital security for holders of documents. passports.

How will the new ePassports differ from the current passports?

Current passports are scanned at immigration counters to reveal the citizen’s travel record using the same document and the electronic passport should also perform the same function. However, unlike current passports, ePassport users will have physical storage of their biometric data in a chip, which will reduce the risk of data leakage.

Is the public-private partnership flawless?

The MEA-TCS collaboration has been part of the passport process since 2008-2010 and has helped to increase the digitization of the complex process which requires multiple stakeholders across the spectrum of the vast government network. However, it is understood that more harmony between them the two wings of public and private workers will help citizens to apply for and acquire passports without difficulties. like delays. and denials.

MEA aims to open “Seva Kendra Passport” in every LS constituency Sat, 08 Jan 2022 03:18:00 +0000

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed an agreement for the second phase of the Passport Seva program (PSP-V2.0) with Tata Consultancy Services, for the opening of a Seva Kendra in each constituency of Lok Sabha – where there is no has no Seva Kendra passport (PSK) or Seva Kendra postal passport (POPSK).

To date, 93 PSK, 428 POPSK and 36 passport offices are operational. The program has recently been connected to more than 176 Indian missions / posts through the Global Passport Seva Program (GPSP), providing “seamless” delivery of passport services to the Indian diaspora, the ministry said.

PSP-V2.0 is a continuation and improvement of PSP-V1.0, an electronic governance instrument, which introduced an “unprecedented transformation” in the provision of passport-related services to citizens, the ministry added. .

The key elements of PSP-V2.0 are the establishment of a cutting-edge digital ecosystem, the overhaul and integration of the processes between the different stakeholders and databases, the improvement of the citizen interface, the upgrading technology, adopting best practices and strengthening data security.

Security aspects, including strategic assets such as data centers, database and application software, will be owned by the government. There would be strict access controls throughout the system, incorporating biometrics.

On a digital level, the program envisions a data center, disaster recovery center and secure government repository networked with all PSK / POPSK, passport offices and also with Indian missions / posts at the foreign, an electronic file system for passport processing operating across the passport issuance ecosystem. and 24x7x365 monitoring and supervision via a state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC) and Security Operations Center (SOC).

According to the ministry, the Passport Seva program will embark on a technological upgrade with the use of biometrics, artificial intelligence, advanced data analysis, chatbot, automatic response, language processing natural and cloud activation.

“The issuance of electronic passports for better customer satisfaction, increased security and the next level of citizen experience will also be unveiled in the PSP-V2.0 upgrade. “


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PSP files adjournment motion on VDS measures, fearing they will be extended to children Wed, 05 Jan 2022 01:00:43 +0000

Singapore – Progress Singapore Party Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai took to Facebook on Tuesday (January 4) to announce that Ms. Hazel Poa has filed a motion for adjournment on Safe Management Measures Differentiated by Vaccination (VDS ) for the first parliamentary session of this year.

Ms. Poa is Mr. Leong’s PSP NCMP colleague.

Mr. Leong expressed concern whether these measures would also be extended to children.

The first session of Parliament for 2022 will be held next week, from January 10 to 12.

“We are watching with concern the increasing intensity of VDS measures after the introduction of the first on August 1, 2021, to ban unvaccinated people from dining in a restaurant.

It has since expanded its scope to charge the unvaccinated for medical costs related to Covid-19 from December 8, 2021 and the most recent and draconian of all, prohibiting the unvaccinated person from showing up to the place of. work even with a negative pre-event test (PET) from January 15, 2022.

Information regarding VDS measures, which set out restrictions for unvaccinated people, can be found here. These measures were introduced to better protect vulnerable and at-risk groups of our population, the health ministry said.

As of January 1 of this year, only people who had been fully vaccinated, or who have recovered from Covid, or who are medically ineligible for vaccines, or in some cases are 12 years of age and under, will be allowed entry. on sites and to participate in activities where MMS differentiated by vaccination are implemented.

As several attempts to raise more questions in Parliament on VDS have failed, we have decided to table this motion to make the voice of the people heard in Parliament, ”Leong wrote, adding that the adjournment motions being submitted to a draw, PSP awaiting confirmation from Parliament.

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He thanked members of the public who provided “helpful comments and feedback” to PSP, and asked for “more relevant advice in the run-up to the parliamentary session on Monday January 10, 2022”.

This is not the first time Mr Leong has expressed his concerns about the Covid vaccine for children. On December 2, he posted on Facebook a letter to Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung calling for a “close review” of the vaccine for children aged five to 11, explaining that the PSP has received a considerable number of comments from parents and grandparents “anxious and troubled” by the government’s plan to immunize children. / TISG

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PSP credits cashier and officer for ending suspected scam | Regional News from Berks Mon, 03 Jan 2022 23:54:00 +0000

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania State Police thank an alert bank teller and local law enforcement for helping them stop what they said was an ongoing scam.

PSP investigators said James Burke, 50, of Bear, Delaware, went to a Berks County house on New Years Eve to try to scam someone.

“Told the old man who lived there that the chimney needed some repairs,” said Cpl. David Beohm, an information officer for the L.

Police said Burke took a look at the fireplace and estimated the repair work at $ 3,800. The victim then went to a Wells Fargo bank in Macungie, County Lehigh.

“Trying to take out $ 3,800 in cash, so the person he dealt with there asked a bunch of questions,” Beohm said. “I can only assume that they thought it was a little weird for it to drop.”

It was at this point that state police said the cashier alerted Macungie Police, who followed the man to his home just in time to see Burke and his young son trying to start. .

“The truck Mr. Burke and his son had arrived in was leaving Barber Drive,” Beohm said, “the victim is therefore pointing at the vehicle, so Macungie’s cop makes a traffic stop on the vehicle.”

Burke faces home improvement charges.

State police said the quick wit of the bank teller and the local police officer made the difference, but they were still concerned that more victims might be there.

“It’s fine for them to do that, because if they (the cashier and the officer) don’t, they (the suspects) get their $ 3,800,” Beohm said. “We don’t even know anything about it until the victim maybe talks to a family or a loved one.”

Anyone with information about the case can contact the State Police in Reading by calling 610-378-4011.

Pakistan’s Pak Sarzameen party to host protests Sat, 01 Jan 2022 20:07:09 +0000 Pakistani PSP party to hold historic protests in Karachi against Sindh-2021 Local Government Bill (LG) enacted in November

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Pakistani PSP party will hold historic protests in Karachi against the Sindh-2021 Local Government Bill (LG) enacted in November 2021.

The law, described as “black law” by its detractors, reconstitutes the Pakistani province of Sindh – including the capital of Sindh, Karachi – in townships controlled by municipal councils. It also delegates authority over utilities like water, roads, transport, hospitals and education centers to the Sindh provincial government. The Pakistani opposition party, the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), believes that the new law gives the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) clear influence over municipal resources in townships.

Today’s protests will see PSP members rally outside the house of the Sindh Chief Minister, calling for the cancellation of the LG Bill.

Protests against the bill have continued in recent weeks, but no progress has been made to address the issues. The PSP believes that PPP’s control over public resources recreates the factors that led to the creation of an East Pakistan in 1955. The PSP has escalated the violent rhetoric and created a narrative of existential crisis that resonates with the local population and Protests are likely to escalate into violence if the PPP does not effectively address concerns about central control of public resources.

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PSP: alcohol and driving rate on the rise for 2021 | News Fri, 31 Dec 2021 13:00:00 +0000

New Years Eve is a time to celebrate, but data shows it is one of the most dangerous nights to be on the road because of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the odds of having a car crash on New Years Eve are skyrocketing as there are more drunk drivers on the road.

In McKean County, Lewis Run-based state police will be in force, working to maintain security throughout the county.

Barracks Commander Sgt. Tom Granville said drunk driving arrests were on the rise for the year locally.

“We have a few aggressive young guys here at the station,” said Granville. “Our numbers have really increased.”

While this is a positive sign that so many drunk drivers have been arrested, it is not a good sign that so many people continue to drive under the influence.

“It’s not improving,” said Granville.

Comparing the drinking and driving arrests from 2020 to 2021, there has been an increase of about 14%.

“In 2020, at this station, we had 183 impaired driving arrests, which include both drugs and alcohol,” said Sgt. “This year so far we have 209, so we are 26 more than last year.

“For a small station, these guys come out and do a really good job,” he added.

For New Year’s Eve, additional patrols will be out.

“We have our normal patrols to handle incidents and other patrols for DUI and speed enforcement,” said Granville.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) , the average person arrested for drunk driving drove while intoxicated 80 times before their first arrest.

Every day, around 800 people are injured in a drinking and driving accident. And every day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 3,200 are arrested, according to MADD.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, “Every day in the United States, approximately 28 people die in impaired driving crashes, or one person every 52 minutes.

PSP announces Christmas holiday crashes and app results Wed, 29 Dec 2021 15:30:00 +0000

HARRISBURG – The vacation weekend may have only lasted three days, but Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) have been kept busy with quotes from drivers.

The PSP investigated 488 motor vehicle crashes, which killed six people and injured 90 others, over the Christmas weekend of December 24-26.

Alcohol was a factor in 8 percent of crashes, including one fatality, and resulted in 181 arrests for impaired driving. State Troopers also arrested 158 people on criminal charges and issued 4,007 traffic tickets.

Locally, Troop E – which covers Erie, Warren, Crawford and Venango counties – has investigated 25 crashes, including one that resulted in injury and another caused by alcohol. The soldiers also issued 391 tickets, including 14 DWI tickets and 80 speeding tickets. In total, eight people were arrested during these road checks.

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More information on the application of the Christmas holidays 2021, broken down by troop, is available HERE.

With New Year’s Eve celebrations this weekend, the PSP will once again be on the lookout for impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers.

Palm Springs airport flight cancellations PSP: weather, omicron Mon, 27 Dec 2021 19:47:13 +0000

Palm Springs International Airport experienced its second consecutive day of double-digit flight cancellations on Monday, but it emerged that the canceled flights may have been more related to winter conditions in the Pacific Northwest than to COVID-related staff shortages that have disrupted flights across the country.

Six flights scheduled to depart PSP on Monday and five scheduled to arrive there had been canceled by 11 a.m., according to flight data company FlightAware. That’s about 5% of the airport schedule.

On Sunday, 13 flights to or from PSP were canceled. On Sunday and Monday, Canadian airline WestJet was the leader in canceled PSP flights with eight, followed by Alaska Airlines with seven. Allegiant Air, Skywest and Delta had also canceled flights on Sunday or Monday.