Revising its passport application rules, the Ministry of External Affairs today allowed “sadhus and sanyasis” (Hindu saints and hermits) to apply for the travel document by giving their “spiritual Guru’s” name instead of their biological parents.
“Sadhus/ Sanyasis can apply for a 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 public document such as Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India, PAN card, Adhar Card, etc wherein the name of the Guru has been recorded against the column(s) for parent(s) name(s),” a ministry statement released today.
1. Last week, the government had allowed digitally-signed marriage and birth certificates as valid proofs of marriage and birth respectively for passport applications.
2. Passport issuing authorities are now authorised to consider request of each applicant seeking change in date of birth irrespective of the period that would have lapsed after the issue of the passport.
3. According to earlier rules, request for change of DOB was allowed within five years of issuance of the passport, and involved lengthy and cumbersome paper work.
4. The ministry is also exploring the possibility of making amendments in the Passport Rules, 1980, in order to further simplify the documentation process.
5. First time passport applicants who furnish Aadhaar card, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), PAN card and an affidavit of non-criminality, get faster passport services.