Lakh of people don’t have a passport in India because of birth certificate issue. No birth certificate? but need a passport, no problem. Indian Prime Minister-Narendra Modi has ruled out that birth certificate will no longer be a mandate to get your passport. The government of India aims to make passport available easily to millions of people. You can provide other supporting documents for the same.
Know the details of documents that can be submitted by government employees, orphans below. The government has simplified the procedure of securing a passport for Indian citizens. The applicant will not have to get any attestation of documents done.
Birth Certificate not compulsory
The government has simplified the process of getting a passport. Thousand of candidates could not apply for a passport as they didn’t have the birth certificate with them. But now Government has informed parliament that birth certificate would not be compulsory for getting a passport. Residents of the country can provide Aadhaar or PAN card as proof of date of birth proof. New passports will now have details of the applicant in both Hindi and English.
List of new Birth proof Documents for Passport in India
According to rules of passport 1980-candidates born on or before 26/01/1989 had to submit a birth certificate as a mandatory provision. But now the government has ruled out this provision and providing birth certificate is no longer a compulsion. Now applicants can provide any of the following documents as birth proof in the passport office – PAN card, Aadhaar card, driving license, Voter ID cards, LIC policy bonds and school leaving certificate issued by the school last attended or recognised education board (every document must contain DOB of the applicant).
Government servants can submit service record or pension records. This change is expected to make passport available to millions. Applicants need not submit divorce decrees nor adoption certificates any longer to get a passport. Moreover Orphan will also just need to submit a document from their orphanage to confirm the date of birth. The government has also released a rule that applicants below 8 years of age and over 60 years will get 10 percent discount on passport fees.
The government of India has made the process for change in date of birth in passports easier by making the alterations in existing rules. Now applicants need to just print out the annexes of the passport on plain paper and self-attest them. Annexes have been reduced from 15 to 9. Now applicants will not have to get any attestation done from the notary, Executive Magistrate or First Class Judicial Magistrate. Divorced applicants need not provide any marriage certificate or any spouse details.
Source: Times of India