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
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
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