Race on to bag Indian passport contract
Missions in UAE are busiest passport issuing organisations catering to 2.8m Indian expatriates
Ten companies are in the fray to bid for the passport processing contract for Indian missions and the number of bids is likely to go up as bids continue to pour in, until April 28, which is the last date of submission, officials said.
Considering that last year the outgoing outsource agency, BLS, made a handsome turnover Dh5 million, several companies are clamouring to bag the new contract this year.
This year, the agency that wins the bid can be assured of a more lucrative run as the Indian Embassy has decided to club the Consular/Attestation services with the passport/visa services which were being handled by two separate agencies — IVS and BLS.
The contract involves high volumes of documents required by Indian expatriates. The 2.8 million members of the Indian diaspora in the UAE require a complex volume of consular services across the UAE and passports claim a lion’s share of these services.