It is really good news for people who have no birth certificates but are seeking to get passports. In a major move by PM Narendra Modi led Central government, which has informed Parliament, birth certificates are no longer a must submit document to get passports. According to a report in The Times of India, Aadhaar or PAN card is among a host of documents which could be used to establish proof of birth to make a passport. The big move by Narendra Modi government has been made to continue the process of simplifying the process to secure passports for Indian citizens. As reported in TOI article, according to the Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989, had to submit a birth certificate as a mandatory provision. Now all citizens who want passport can submit any one of these — transfer/school leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognised educational board containing the DOB of the applicant; PAN Card; Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar; driving license, Voter ID cards, even LIC policy bonds as proof of date of birth (DOB).
Also, informing Parliament about the big move, Modi government minister VK Singh said that government servants can give extracts of service record, pension records, etc, the TOI report added.
Moreover, now applicants over 60 years of age and below 8 years of age will get a 10 per cent discount on passport fees, TOI reported. Additionally, online passport applicants need to provide only the name of one parent or guardian, not both. This move will help a lot of single parent families.
Earlier, Modi government had made the process for change in date of birth in passports easier by making the alterations in existing rules. The government had also allowed digitally signed marriage certificates as valid proofs of marriage.