As described in my post Unbelievable! Renewed passport received within 2 days!, the process at the PSK (Passport Seva Kendra) ended with the issuing of an Acknowledgement Letter.
Among other things, the Acknowledgement Letter stated that, “Police Verification shall be carried out post (after) issuance of your passport. Please ensure your presence at your current residence during the Police Verification process. You may contact your area Police Station / District Police Headquarters for any further information or assistance in this regard.”
On Sunday, 6 days after my visit to the PSK, and 4 days after my renewed passport had been delivered, at about 10.30 am, a policeman from the local Police Station came to my residence. He completed the Police Verification process in about 5 minutes and left. He did not ask for any money, and I did not offer anything.
The next day, at about 9.30 am, I received an SMS saying, “Police Verification initiated. Contact Commissioner of Police if not done in 3 weeks.” (This SMS should probably have reached me at least 2 days earlier!)
One day later, at about 7.30 pm, I received an SMS saying, “Police has submitted Clear report for your Current Address.”
A family friend, who lives in another part of our city, had renewed her passport a few weeks earlier. She also reported that her Police Verification had been done with no money asked for or offered.
About 10 years back, it was routine for the Police Verification to end with a request for “chai paani”. Most people paid sums ranging from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100, especially if there was urgency of any sort.
In the recent past, quite a few friends reported that, while there had been no demand or request for any money, they had themselves offered money, which had been graciously accepted by the policeman. All the persons had offered money, ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 150, mainly fearing that their files would get held up if they did not pay any money.
It appears that, these days, policemen do not ask for bribes during Police Verification for passports. However, bribes are offered by the public. Of course, I’m not sure whether this is the case all over the country.
Did you get a passport issued or renewed in the recent past? During Police Verification, were you asked for money by the policeman, or did you offer him any money?
What has been your experience with the police in other matters? Do they ask for bribes/tips or do people offer bribes/tips? Do bribes/tips affect the work done by the police?
What has been your experience with other government officials? Do they ask for bribes/tips or do people offer bribes/tips? Do bribes/tips affect the work done by these government officials?
Are bribes demanded or are they offered?