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Passport rules on including father’s name being revised: Centre   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Feb 23, 2015
MUMBAI: The union government on Monday told the Bombay high court the passport authorities are compiling various judgements to re-formulate the mandatory rule regarding the inclusion of biological father’s name by an applicant in the passport application form. …

Madras HC: Passports should have provision to name stepparent   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Jan 25, 2015
CHENNAI: Holding that relationships constantly get redefined and legal issues become more complex as society evolves, the Madras high court has said passport applications must have suitable columns to indicate names of biological parents or adoptive parents or stepparents, or all of them, as the situation demands. …

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‘Child of unwed mom must name dad in passport’    TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
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Cannot insist on biological father’s name on passport of adopted minor: High court    TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com Oct 13, 2014 MUMBAI: The HC on Monday ruled that in the event of a remarriage after divorce, authorities cannot insist that stepfather’s name not be mentioned in the passport of children from the previous marriage, if they have been legally adopted. …

Coming soon: Tamper-proof e-passports to speed up travel    TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Oct 12, 2014
PUNE: The passport division of the ministry of external affairs has initiated the process for the public roll-out of new-age e-passports. The technology will make the document more secure and also substantially reduce the time required by the holder for immigration. …

Soon, apply for passport from your phone  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 8, 2013
CHENNAI: Soon there will be a smart way to apply for passports. The ministry of external affairs is in the final stages of launching an app that will allow people to apply and pay the fees for passports on their mobile phones. …

With new app, passport services now on phones  Times of India
Jul 30, 2013

NEW DELHI: Ministry of external affairs on Monday launched its ambitious mobile app, MEAIndia, described by foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai as a one-stop shop. The app will make it possible to apply for passport and avail other services related to the travel document — as also visas and consular assistance anywhere in the world — using your smartphone or other handheld devices. …

Walk-in Facility for Passport

Aug 17, 2012 The Ministry of External Affairs issued an advisory in June, 2012 to all Regional Passport Offices in the country to introduce walk in facility to ease availability of on line appointment and facilitate easy submission of forms for passport applications under following categories:

• Applicants for Tatkaal services (fresh / re-issue cases); • Applicants for issue of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC); • Applicants for deletion of ECR status in passports without any change in personal particulars; • Applicants for inclusion of name of the spouse in passport; • Applicants with valid passports, seeking new booklets in case of exhaustion of visa pages; • Senior Citizens (above 60 years); • Minor below 15 years whose parents hold valid passports; • Physically challenged persons; and • Central / State Government servants, their spouses and dependent minor children who have ‘No Objection Certificate’ / Identity Certificate.

The Ministry of External Affairs has recently introduced walk in facility to ease online appointments and smoothen submission of applications at the six Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) under Regional Passport Office, Hyderabad from these above mentioned categories of applicants w.e.f. August 01, 2012.

The Minister of State in the Ministry Of External Affairs Smt. Preneet Kaur provided this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. (Courtesy: pib press release)

Steps taken by the Government for expeditious issuance of passports to the citizens

Aug 17, 2012

As per Government instructions, passports to Indian citizens are issued as per the provisions of the Passports Act 1967 and the Passport Rules 1980 as amended from time to time.  Prior to issuing a passport, the Passport Issuing Authority must establish the applicant’s citizenship, identity and an absence of criminal record as mandated by the Passports Act.  This requires verification of personal particulars of applicants and background check of their criminal antecedents which are time consuming.

The Government is aware that in a number of cases, there are delays in issuance of passport.  The reasons for delay normally are as under: (i)    increase in demand for passport; (ii)  delays in receipt of police verification reports within the stipulated time of 21 days; (iii)  receipt of incomplete police reports due to submission of incomplete information/documentation by the applicants; and (iv)  Shortage of staff strength in the Central Passport Organization, not keeping with the increase in demand for services.

The Government has fixed a time limit of 30 days for issue of fresh passports and 15 days for re-issue of passports and 1-7 days for Tatkaal applications.  The Government is considering several citizen-friendly proposals, including revision of time-limit for issue of passports given in Ministry of External Affairs’ Citizen Charter, to improve the delivery-process of passport issuance. In spite of various constraints, in 2011, the Ministry issued 73.65 lakh passports and related services which is a record ever achieved in any year. Some activities of middlemen have been noticed in and around Passport Offices.  In order to obviate any need to approach any middlemen for any kind of service, passport application procedures are prominently displayed in all the Passport Offices. Advisories cautioning the public against middlemen/touts are also displayed prominently.  Whenever middlemen activities are noticed, Passport Officers, with the assistance of local police, conduct raids to eliminate this menace. In order to further simplify the passport procedure, a Mission Mode Project (MMP) was identified under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of the Government of India which inter alia includes many other high impact e-Governance initiatives and projects.  The MMP on Passports, named Passport Seva Project, aims “to deliver all Passport-related services to the citizens in a timely, transparent, more accessible, reliable manner & in a comfortable environment through streamlined processes and committed, trained & motivated workforce”.  The Passport Seva Project (PSP) incorporates the global best practices in the passport issuance system. The key features of the PSP are enumerated below: •Establishing 77 Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) for delivering all front-end citizen services.( The Project has been completely executed and  all 77 PSKs were made operational by early June 2012)•Creation of on-line Passport Portal [www.passportindia.gov.in] for offering Passport services.•Providing links to designated points in Police department.•Establishing a Central Passport Printing Facility (CPPF) for handling extra load of Dispatch process to Postal Department.•Introduction of a multi-modal Information and Grievance handling system.•Creating a centralized IT system linking all PSK’s, Passport Offices, Police and Postal Departments.•Introducing productivity linked incentive scheme for Government employees.•Establishing a proper Program Governance Structure for managing the   implementation and operation of all the above.

The Minister of State in the Ministry Of External Affairs Smt. Preneet Kaur provided this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. (Courtesy: pib press release)

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