A passport is a document, issued by a country’s government, that certifies the identity and nationality of individual and is used for the purpose of international travel.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has now announced that passports will be printed in two languages that are Hindi and English and the applicants who are under the age of eight and over the age of 60 will get a 10 percent reduction in passport fee.
If a person is applying for the tatkal passport, ration card can be used as a document. By giving the option of submitting a ration card people living in rural areas who do not have a PAN card can now easily apply. While giving a speech at an event to mark 50 years of the Passport Act, 1967 she said, “all new passports issued will be in Hindi and in English and not just in English like before”.
This is one of the big changes announced since December last year where the mandatory requirement of the birth certificate as the proof of date of birth had changed. The new rules said that separated or divorced applicants will not have to mention the name of their spouse in the application form. ‘Sadhus’ and ‘sanyasis’ were also allowed to mention the names of their spiritual gurus instead of their biological parents on their application forms.
It was decided by the government last year in December that an applicant can submit one of the following documents which includes Matriculation Certificate, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card or E-Aadhaar which has got the date of birth of the applicant in it. They can also provide a copy of the extract of their service record, driving licence, Election Photo Identity Card or LIC policy bond.