To ease the process of getting passport, the government decentralised passport offices regionally. However, herd of middlemen around the passport offices are assumed to have a mighty authority over the passport procedure; even officials are involved with them, sources said.
people said that agents around passport offices took grip of the whole
procedure and people who are going through the genuine way by themselves
are eventually suffering.
Instances of sufferings are like: Salman
Farsi, a one month baby and patient of anomalous pulmonary venous
connection (TAPVC) needs an open heart surgery. As this treatment is not
possible in Bangladesh, doctor suggested his mother Mithila go to
Delhi. So she ran to the local passport office. She found lots of
floating brokers (locally called Dalal) surrounding the office. But she
did not seek for any agent. She applied for an 'express passport'
(urgent passport) to Jatrabari, Dhaka regional passport office, and
stood for eight hours on queue for submitting the application and
Ironically, a person who takes agents' help can
submit the application directly disregarding all lengthy procedures.
Since the mother of the child avoided agents, she had to go through the
red tape and got her 'express passport' (Official charge: Tk 6000) after
one month whereas she was supposed to get it within a week.
other hand, Kahirul Alam, another example, went through an agent for an
'ordinary passport' (Official charge: Tk 3000). He did not have to face
any lengthy formalities and got the passport within five days whereas
'ordinary passports' are not delivered officially before 21 days at
For submitting one application a broker demands Tk 1,500 to Tk
2,500. Though, people are paying more money for 'express passport', it
is not delivered on time if agents are not involved. In this case,
involvement of officials is alleged by many people.
However, Assistant Director of the Jatrabari passport office denied this charge directly.
Daily Observer regional correspondents informed that all regional
passport offices in the country are in the clutch of brokers and the
officials are collaborating with them.