I went to swop my pio card for oci.
Thru took my pio card.
My concern is that they should punch holes/destroy it and give it back to us or destroy it in front of us.

The risk is that if the pio card gets stolen then someone can use it thus abuse it.
I hope someone from foreign Dept would read this .

Whenever we renew passports the old ones are punched and returned to us as it is our property .
The pio card is also out oroperty more  

Dear Mayur, it seems Deptt. of Foreign Affairs have adopted this practice that once they are in possession of PIO Card of any NRI,it confirms that OCI Card has been issued by them(the Deptt.) to the said person. This is also favourable point for you, in case of any misuse of your PIO Card, in that event your holding OCI Card you can claim that you were not in possession of PIO Card by presenting your OCI Card. As such also it might be a Policy Matter for the Deptt. that any NRI canot simultaneously possess both the card even in destroyed form but there must be a point that Deptt are required to be in custody of old PIO Card. However you may get this point clarified from the Administrator of Office of Indian High Comm. in Singapore either verbally or even in writing for your record. You may discuss with the concerned Officer In-charge. more  
Brijji, Passports, identity card, etc are the property of the concerned person and he should be in possession of it or destroyed in front of us. This is the system the Singapore govt adopts & if Indian Embassy does not adopt it then they should. The issue is not of trust, but "norms" to "avoid" any black market incident. Any person (even a Singaporean) can be tempted. It is not a blame game but suggesting introducing a practice which will avoid such risks. I end this discussion. more  
Mayur, passport is cancelled and returned to you back since it is needed for your records to prove your NRI status. PIO card is retained by them and you are doubting the embassy staff that they may misuse it??? more  
I am from Singapore. The Indian High Comm took my PIO card in exchange for OCI card. What I am saying is that they should punch it thus destroying it in front of me. In Singapore, when we go renew our passports, they punch holes in the old passport and return it to us, so that we will take care not to let it go into someone's hand. Passports/PIO card and such identity cards can be easily stolen from the govt depts and sold in black mkt. This is for our own protection. more  
Who took your PIO card? to whom you gave it? If it has been given to the embassy official, then why are you worried? more  
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