New Delhi: The government of India today announced to make lots of changes to ease the rules for applying for and Indian passport.
The change in policy of ease the rules of passport making also includes expansion of the basket of documents needed to submitted for date of proof for Indian passport.
Minister of States External Affairs V.K.Singh said while announcing the changes, “Let me assure you that where the passport services are concerned, we are going out of our way to ensure that simplification takes place so that ease of accessing these services are made better.”
He added, “There are many great things that we are doing right now,” “We are trying to review our procedures, we are trying to review our rules, we are trying to see that in these times the needs are slightly different than what they were 40 years back.”
The Minister said that the changes were done to confirm keep in mind the social necessities of the time.
He also said that the External Affairs Ministry would also be soon launching a pilot project that will have head post offices functioning as extension of Passport Seva Kendras.
Under the new rules, a person can submit any of the following documents as proof for date of birth: birth certificate issued by the registrar of births and deaths or the municipal corporation; transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended or a recognised educational board; PAN card; Aadhar card or E-Aadhar; copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of government servants) or the pay pension order (in respect of retired government Servants), duly attested or certified by the officer in charge of the administration of the ministry or department concerned of the applicant; driving licence; election photo identity card (EPIC); and policy bond issued by the public life insurance corporations and companies.
Several other changes have also been effected based on recommendations made by a three-member committee comprising officials of the External Affairs Ministry and Women and Child Development Ministry.
The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of only one parent or legal guardian enabling single parents to apply for passports for their children.