The government of India had made a significant change in the Passport rules yesterday. It had announced that the mandatory requirement of Date of Birth Certificate(DOB) as Passport proof was eliminated and now they included Aadhar card and e-Aadhar DOB as evidence of passport.

Under the new Passport rules, the Government also mentioned that Sadhus and Sanyasis will now allow mentioning names of their spiritual gurus instead of biological parents. The new rules were announced by the Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, also provides a facility for government servants, who are not able to get “no Objection Certificate” from their respective ministries/departments.

To simply and free-up the process, the ministry has taken some steps in the dominion of passport policy which is expected to help the citizens of India applying for a passport, said Singh.

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Generally while filling the application, DOB Proof is asking, and now it has been decided that all applicants of passports can submit any one of the documents like transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate, PAN Card, Aadhar Card/E-Aadhar having the DOB of the applicant, Driving license and Election Photo Identity Card.

According to the existing legislative provisions of the Passport rules, 1980, all the applicants born on or after January 26, 1989, had to submit the DOB certificate as a proof of passport. Considering the Sadhus/Sanyasis request that they should be allowed to write the names of their gurus instead of their natural parents, Singh said that they have to give at least one public document such as EPIC, PAN card, Aadhar Card, etc. wherein the name of the guru has been registered.

Coming to the Government employees, if any representative is facing trouble to get the ID certificate/No Objection certificate from their manager and propose to get the passport on an urgent basis, now they can get the passport by submitting a self-declaration that he/she was applying for an ordinary passport.

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Under the new rules, a total number of annexes prescribed in the Passport rue, 1980, has been got down to 9 from the current 15 and all the extensions that are required to be given by the applicants would be self-declaration on plain paper.

Singh also said the ministry was probing an experimental project under which the head post offices could be used to provide passport services.Singh also mentioned that currently there were 89 passport Seva centers apart from 38 passport offices and seven passport offices in the country.


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