…Bloody f***ing Regional Passport office. Had to go there to get my ECNR done. Reached there at around 8:40, the place opens at 9:30 and there were already over 100 people in the queue. When I entered the building, my passport and other documents were duly checked by a bloke sitting there. He mentioned that my driving license would not be valid as an address proof, but I had also brought my credit card statement with me. Which he said was fine, and so I got promoted to the first floor. As it turned out, most people visit the passport office here for ECNR. So there was a looong queue, and I had to bide my time. By the time I had moved up from 88 to 1, it was already 1:00. The lady at the counter happily informed me that neither the credit card statement nor the driving license was valid proof of address!
A couple of guys(one of whom worked in a government enterprise) had got a declaration from his company as address proof which was not accepted as well. F**ked up rules.
Finally, ended up getting into a big fight with half the guys there, and proceeded to call the Lok Ayukta and the CBI. I think I actually scared the security guy there which was about the only consolation. Anyway, here’s the thing: The Lok Ayukta cannot do anything about the Passport office ‘cos its not a state department. The CBI cannot do anything about harassment cases, they can only take action if there is a bribe involved. There was a public relations officer sitting there as well, but the queue to meet him was another mile long. End of story. Got to go again tomorrow.
Damn Damn Damn!