Passports don’t need details of spouse or father: Panel to MEA

In its report submitted to the MEA, the panel has said that in keeping with global practices, the ministry must consider doing away with these details.

Written by Shalini Nair | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2016 6:08 am
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IN VIEW of complaints, especially from women, of procedural harassment in passport offices, an inter-ministerial panel has recommended that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) should do away with the practice of printing details of a person’s father, mother or spouse in the passport booklet. In its report submitted to the MEA, the panel has said that in keeping with global practices, the ministry must consider doing away with these details.

The panel has observed that the information is “irrelevant for immigration purposes either in India or abroad”. It has also noted that the passport booklets of most countries, especially those of developed nations, do not ask for names of father/ legal guardian, mother, spouse or other details as printed on page 35.

It has said that while these details may be required, the MEA does not need to print the information in the passport booklets, as most of the complaints received from women pertain to this particular page.

The committee, comprising officials from the Ministry of Woman and Child Development (WCD), MEA and Central Passport Organisation, was formed over three months ago to review the Passport Act 1967 and Passport Rules 1980.
“The only details required for immigration purposes are those printed on page 2 that pertain to the passport holder’s name, sex, nationality, birth and passport details. Women — single, separated and divorced — have complained to us that they find it demeaning when asked for irrelevant details that they are often not comfortable revealing,” said an official from the ministry of Women and Child Development.

The panel’s suggestion resolves not only most of the issues related to single parents, but also problems faced by separated/ divorced couples, orphans, and children born through surrogacy or out of wedlock. The committee was constituted after WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj highlighting a particular instance of harassment faced by a single parent, Priyanka Gupta.

Gupta had got over a lakh supporters to sign her online petition highlighting the trouble she faced as passport officials reportedly refused to issue a passport to her daughter, unless she included the father’s name. The father had abandoned the child immediately after her birth.

Maneka had pointed out that the passport guidelines still require the father’s name to be mentioned, despite the fact that the Delhi High Court, in July, said the father did not have to be named.

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    Javed
    Nov 6, 2016 at 1:03 am
    Every December, lacs of Indian Christians adorn their house with Christmas trees, both real and not-so-real.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That\'s a lot of trees. And it raises something of a dilemma for green-conscience do-gooders: Are Christmas trees bad for the environment? The answer is YES. It is bad for the environment. It is difficult to dispose. By growing Christmas trees on farms you waste water and use pesticide which is bad. Time to ban Christmas trees no real or fake.
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      Prof.Arjun Dev
      Nov 6, 2016 at 5:12 am
      What do you say?
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        vijay
        Nov 6, 2016 at 5:15 am
        It is time that some body has woken up to drag India out of outdated practice of demanding superfluous and irrelevant information when it's citizens apply for pport,visa, visa extensions from police commissioners office (10 forms from, tax returns, bank statements ,mother and father's name date of birth ,religion and where they were born,their citizen ship .tax returns of your business certified by a CA for 3 years and so many other useless information in duplicate the list goes on- which they can never use.lt;br/gt;In the other countries That I have lived in I can open a bank account in 20 minutes,apply for a fresh p port at any post office (my name,personnel info and delivery address. Nothing more) I can apply for a housing loan in the morning in my bank and the loan officer will call be back by 3 pm to tell me the status .It is the same with business overdraft. lt;br/gt;This archaic practice has nothing to do with who is on the government it is the vestige of 200 year old custom which our Babus very dearly hang on to so that graft can be demanded and got for waiving the form filling . It has been going on all these time until this government decided to change it and consuted a committee for recommendations.
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          vijay
          Nov 6, 2016 at 5:20 am
          congradulations, you could make some sense out out the post by Indian but my worry is that I cannot make out as to where you are heading with your comment.
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            Kiriti
            Nov 6, 2016 at 2:20 am
            It has taken us 70 years to recognise this horrible anachronism. Can we hope in another 70, the Indian woman can be given this respect as individuals?
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              Salam
              Nov 6, 2016 at 5:06 am
              So some women have problem and the government wants to change the w system. Why not just issue separate pports of different colour, to women who do not want these details to be shown. Let the others continue with the current system. It may be true that immigration does not need these details, but in India where Pport acts as a proof of ideny, doing away with mentioning parents name will be counter productive. There is something fishy in this proposal, as we do with all others by the BJP government.
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                hemant
                Nov 6, 2016 at 6:29 am
                And you support multiple wives, concubines, rakkasa, marrying six year old cousin in name of being paigambar ?
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                  hemant
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 6:32 am
                  Ban the wine in churches also.
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                    pais
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 8:47 am
                    A positive move that was long overdue. The present format and the official atude is ugly, paternalistic and discriminatory.
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                      Indian
                      Nov 6, 2016 at 3:34 am
                      This is something that must have happened 50 years before. Even today people are made to fight for rights to end 18th century practices like Triple Talaq. The Pseudos cannot guarantee or fight for a 50 percent reservation for woman. That's the case of the Pseudo left wing losers, who want everyone to be losers like them.
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                        Jai
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 4:13 am
                        Any name on the pport which discloses caste and community should also be removed. All people of India must have only one given name. List of possible surnames that do not disclose caste and community must be provided by GOI. Only these surnames must be permitted to be registered in Government records.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I am sure BJP bigots will appreciate this recommendation based on their desire to have a uniform, undiversified, saffron coloured United Unified Nationalist India.
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                          Ashok Mazumdar
                          Nov 6, 2016 at 1:24 am
                          It helps Pupuls like : . Modi, Khattar, Mohan Bhawat, Indres Kumar, etc, not to write their Spouses' name.
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                            Mayur Panghaal
                            Nov 6, 2016 at 3:29 am
                            Fekus wife applied for a pport but was being denied one on one pretext or the other....Now feku found this unique solution.lt;br/gt;Well done feku.lt;br/gt;Destroying india in installments
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                              Mayur Panghaal
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 4:34 am
                              I oppose deserting your wife without recourse to justice...and without any talaq at all.
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                                Nandith
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 2:26 am
                                I will be so happy due to I m also going with same situation with some parental/guardian name in pport.
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                                  Nandith
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 2:28 am
                                  Mr Ashok do u have pport or u had been travelled, bro b practical and try to understand the others situation too... Its not only political
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                                    Prasad
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:25 am
                                    First ban pedophilia in Churches !
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                                      raj
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 12:18 pm
                                      some women have problem ----- some religions have problem what an atude towards women. Pport acts as a proof of ideny, doing away with mentioning parents name will be counter productive.----------- read again, you should not be forced to fill these details. remove modi hatred blinkers. something fishy in this proposal, --- yes as always, but, you forgot to include your standard, CIA, JEws, FBI, USA conspiracy theory
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                                        RJ
                                        Nov 6, 2016 at 8:54 am
                                        This, my fellow citizens, is what progress looks like, one small boring step at a time. Don't let Pratap Bhanu Mehtas of the world tell you that we are in another emergency. Things like this don't take rocket science, just people in the government who want to make a difference in the country, not just to serve "Dear Leader Soniaji."
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                                          whatsinaname
                                          Nov 6, 2016 at 12:25 pm
                                          You look to be a sonias backside output eater.
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                                            gopal
                                            Nov 6, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                                            Look to be foolish supporter
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