Passport norms eased for single parent, orphans and sadhus

This has been a long-standing demand from women’s groups, and recommended to the Ministry of External Affairs by the Women and Child Development Ministry.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published:December 24, 2016 4:59 am
passport, passport norm, passport rules, single parent passpost, orphan passport, sadhu passport, name disclosure, divorced passport, indian express news, india news Orphans, who do not have any birth certificate, can get the head of the orphanage where they were raised to confirm their date of birth on an official letterhead, which will be accepted by the government for issuing passports. (Representational image)

THE GOVERNMENT Friday said that rules for obtaining passports have been eased for various categories, including single mothers, orphans, sadhus and adopted children.

According to the new norms, a single parent will not have to disclose the name of his or her partner; the passport need only have the name of one of the parents or the legal guardian. Even those separated or divorced do not have to disclose their spouse’s name or furnish the divorce decree, the government said.

This has been a long-standing demand from women’s groups, and recommended to the Ministry of External Affairs by the Women and Child Development Ministry.

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Orphans, who do not have any birth certificate, can get the head of the orphanage where they were raised to confirm their date of birth on an official letterhead, which will be accepted by the government for issuing passports.

Sadhus who want their gurus’ names recorded in passports, instead of that of their parents, will be allowed to do so if they can produce a government document with a similar change.

The Ministry of External Affairs had on Monday announced a slew of important changes in rules, after considering various requests and demands from different groups of people. They were announced by the Minister of State (External Affairs) V K Singh Friday.

The changes are:

# Online passport application forms now require applicants to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian, i.e., only one parent and not both. This would also enable single parents to apply for passports for their children.

# Passport application forms do not require applicants to provide names of spouses in case of separation or divorce. Such applicants would not be required to provide the divorce decree.

# Married applicants would not be required to provide marriage certificates.

# Orphaned children who do not have any proof of “Date of Birth”, such as birth certificate or the matriculation certificate or a court order, may now submit a declaration given by the head of the orphanage/child care home on the official letterhead of the organisation confirming the date.

# For adopted children within India, submission of registered adoption deeds would no longer be required. Applicants may instead submit declarations on plain paper confirming the adoption.

# Various annexures required to be submitted by applicants would now be in the form of self-declarations on plain paper. No attestation/swearing by/before any notary/executive magistrate/first class judicial magistrate would be necessary.

# Sadhus or sanyasis can apply for passports with the names of their spiritual gurus mentioned in the application in lieu of their biological parents’ name, subject to their providing at least one government document such as Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC), PAN card, Aadhar Card, etc., where the name of the gurus are recorded in the column for the parents’ names.

# Government employees, who are not able to obtain the Identity Certificate or No-Objection Certificate from their employer and need to get passports on an urgent basis can now get them by submitting a self-declaration that they had provided prior intimation letter to their employers about applying for an ordinary passport.

In another significant change, the government has also eased the requirement of date of birth certificates for those born after October 26, 1989.

As per existing Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989 had to mandatorily submit birth certificates as the proof of date of birth to obtain passports.

The government said that applicants can submit any one of the following documents as the proof of date of birth while submitting the application:

# Birth certificate issued by the registrar of births and deaths or the municipal corporation or any other prescribed authority.

# Transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended/recognised educational board containing the date of birth.

# PAN card issued by Income Tax Department with the date of birth of applicant.

# Aadhar card/E-Aadhar with date of birth.

# Copy of the extract of applicants’ service record for government employees or pay pension order for retired government employees duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the administration of the concerned ministry/department of the applicant, having the date of birth

# Driving licence

# Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC)

# Policy bond issued by public life insurance corporations/companies.

The MEA said that necessary notifications would be soon published in the Official Gazette to give effect to these changes. “Instructions are also being issued to the passport issuing authorities in India and abroad on these revised regulations,” it said.

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    Abhishek
    Dec 24, 2016 at 3:08 am
    False rape is on paper. Real rape affects flesh and bone
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      Dec 24, 2016 at 2:56 am
      Very good measure which will help the the single parent , orphans to apply for Pport and of course which should have been done long ago to ease and anyhow better Late than Never !!!
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        Mayur Panghaal
        Dec 24, 2016 at 2:40 am
        What about jashoda ben who has been running pillar to post for her pport as feku has been denying it to her on one pretext or the other.
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          mc
          Dec 24, 2016 at 2:22 am
          If male dominated society is not accepted then how female dominated society can be accepted?
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            mc
            Dec 24, 2016 at 9:25 am
            In case of Real rape, criminal gets jail for 10-20 years. In case of real rape, the victim women is tourtured by a criminal men. In case of false rape, the victim man in touch red by laws of the land without justice, police, court. In case of false rape on men (suppose you), victim men's life is destro in jail, court, police. The criminal woman is roam around on the street freely to put another false case on the same man or another man. The victim men will not get any justice.
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              mc
              Dec 24, 2016 at 2:43 am
              Indian patriarchal society is much better than feminist female dominated society -- Where man has no right of justice. -- Where women can file false rape, false-498a, false-dv cases on men legally and the criminal women, who files false cases on men, will not be criminalized. The criminal women will be free to roam around on the street freely to file another false cases on the same men or another men. Women empowerment is bad.
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                mc
                Dec 24, 2016 at 1:01 am
                This new laws has taken father's right away. It has not give equal right to father and mother. Women empowerment do not give equal right to men. Women are lawless in India. Millions of laws are for only men. The laws criminalize men for a crime, the same laws do not criminalize women for the same crime. The 70% men, in their life time, will face cases, jail, court, police and jail. Women will sent these men to jail, police, court, again jail if they do not accept women's slavery. Men do not feel protected by laws of land, instead will fear of laws.
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                  Niladrinath Mohanty
                  Dec 24, 2016 at 2:11 am
                  We must grumble for any cause.
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