Sin­gle moms need not dis­close fa­ther’s name

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com San­jana Bhalerao san­jana.bhalerao1@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A sin­gle mother ap­ply­ing for a child’s pass­port should be al­lowed to do so without hav­ing to de­clare the name of the fa­ther, a gov­ern­ment panel has rec­om­mended. The three-mem­ber com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing se­nior of­fi­cials from the min­istries of home, for­eign af­fairs and women and child devel­op­ment, also rec­om­mended scrap­ping a pro­vi­sion in pass­port forms that man­dates a sin­gle mother or di­vorcee to get the fa­ther’s sig­na­ture and a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate while ap­ply­ing. The panel sub­mit­ted its re­port to the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs last fort­night.

The civic body’s project to dis­pose waste and close the 40-year-old Mu­lund dump­ing ground seems to have run into trou­ble even be­fore it can take off. Even af­ter ex­tend­ing the dead­line for a re­sponse to the ten­ders, the civic body did not re­ceive a sin­gle bid­der for this project. With no firms will­ing to take up the project, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has ex­tended the dead­line a sec­ond time, to the end of this month.

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