A Happy New Year gift for all the Indian citizens who does not have a valid Indian passport yet. Yes, now getting a passport is not that hassled task because the Ministry of External Affairs has announced a series of new rules and with some huge modification in the passport application process. The Passport Issuing Authority is showing its concern for single parents, the authorities have taken this decision to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport and to streamline the ease of process of issue of passport. This is a happy news for a female single parent, handling everything alone is a big deal and this step of Indian Passport Issuing authority would make a big difference in their lives. Generally, people have a fear of standing in never ending queues, or even if you have lost your date of birth certificate and you have always thought of applying for the passport but could not because of these reasons then wake up guys, it’s the time to apply for your passport. This is a wave of surprise of all the Indian citizens.
The Ministry of External Affairs has come up with some incredibly efficient stuff which is totally beneficial for Indian citizens. Here are the facts and figures you need to know before you go and apply for your passport: The new passport rules simplifies the process of application for single parents, orphaned children, sadhus, etc. The big notified change has been made to the Proof of Date of Birth. As per the extant statutory provisions of the Passport Rules 1980, all the applicants born on or after 26-01-1989, in order to get the passport, had to mandatorily submit the Birth Certificate as the Date of Birth (DOB). But as per the new rule policy, the applicant who is applying for the passport can submit the following documents their proof of age along with their passport application.
The Birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other authorized organization whosoever has been given the power to issue a birth certificate under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969 of India, to register the birth of a child born in India will be accepted as a DOB Certificate.
A School-leaving Certificate or a transfer or a Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended, or by any other recognized educational organization which is authorized for issuing the Date of Birth certificate of the applicant would be considered valid DOB proof.
PAN Card issued by the Income Tax department with the DOB of an applicant would be valid age proof.
Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar Card issued by the Indian Government having the DOB of the applicant would be a valid age proof.
The copy of extract of the service record of the applicant (Only in the case of the Government employee) or the Pay Pension Oder ( in the case of retired Government employees only), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of that concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant, having his DOB.
Driving License issued by the transport Department of the concerned State Government, having the DOB of the applicant.
Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) which is issued by the Election Commission Of India having the DOB of the applicant would also be considered as a valid proof of the applicant’s age.
Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurence Corporation/Companies having DOB of the insurance policyholder would also be the valid age proof.
The Ministry of External Affairs has modified the rules for different sections of the society.
A three-member committee, with the officials of the Ministry of the External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, was constituted to examine the various issues incorporating to passport applicants where the mother/child has insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport, also the problem of single parent related to the passport, and to the adopted children. The Report submitted by the committee has been accepted by the Ministry of External Affairs. Based on the recommendations of the committee, now the Government will make the following amendments in the passport rules to facilitate the various sections of the society.
The total number of the Annexes prescribed in the Passport Rule, 1980, has been brought down to 9, which are 15 at present. Annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K have been removed and some other Annexes have been merged in.
No attestation/swearing by is required for passport application. All the annexes that are required to be given by the applicants would be in the form of a self-declaration on a plain paper only.
Married applicants would not be required to provide Annexure K or any other marriage certificate along with their passport application.
In the case of the separated or Divorced person, the applicant does not require to provide the name of his/her spouse. Such applicants are also not required to provide even the Divorced Decree in the case of divorced applicants.
Orphaned children who do not have any proof of their age such as Birth Certificate or the declaratory Court Order, are now allowed to submit a declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letterhead of the Organization confirming the DOB of the applicant.
In the case of children who are not born out of wedlock, the applicant for the passport of such children should now submit only Annexure G while submitting the passport application.
There is no requirement of submitting the adoption deed for the passport application of adopted children. The applicant can declare the adoption on the plain paper confirming the adoption in the absence of adoption deed.
For Government servants, who are unable to obtain their Identity Certificates (Annexure-B)/ No-Objection Certificate (Annexure-M) from their concerned department and willing to get the passport in an emergency can now get the passport by submitting a self-declaration in Annexure-N that he/she has given the prior intimation letter to his/her employer informing that he/she was applying for an ordinary passport.
Sadhus/Sanyasis can apply for the passport with the name of their spiritual guru mentioned in the passport application in lieu of their biological parent(s) name(s) subject to their providing of at least one official public document such as Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission Of India, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, etc wherein the name of their Guru has already been recorded in the column(s) for parent(s) name(s).
The necessary notifications would be soon published in the official Gazette to give effect to these changes and Instructions are also being issued to the Passport Issuing Authorities in India and Abroad on these revised regulations and all the modifications will affect after the official announcement by the authorities.
The main motive of the Ministry of External affairs is to provide the simple ways to apply for the passport for Indian citizens and they hope these changes would ease the process of the passport applicants in getting their passports. At the same time, the Ministry want it to be an easy and transparent process for the applicants applying for the passport. The Passport Issuing Authority would provide the timely, more accessible, reliable, and comfortable environment to the applicants applying for the passport.
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