Pass­port rules tweaked to ben­e­fit sadhus, sanya­sis

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rahul Singh

NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment re­laxed on Fri­day rules to en­able sadhus and sanya­sis to get pass­portswith­out­pro­vid­ingth­enames of their­bio­log­i­cal­par­ents,mak­ing it eas­ier for them to get the im­por­tant doc­u­ment to travel abroad.

The­holy­men­have­beenal­lowed tofill­out­their­pass­port­form­swith the names of their spir­i­tual gu­rus in­stead of par­ents, pro­vided these match with those on at least one doc­u­ment such as voter card,PAN card or Aad­har card.

The min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs, Gen­eral VK Singh (retd), who an­nounced the new rules, said the gov­ern­ment had ac­cepted the de­mand made by the holy men that they be al­lowed to write the names of their gu­rus.

The manda­tory re­quire­ment of sub­mit­ting the birth certificate to ob­tain a pass­port has also been done away with. The new rules al­low ap­pli­cants to sub­mit any gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment that bears their dates of birth such as school­leav­ingcer­tifi­cate, driv­ingli­cence, PAN­card,Aad­har­card,voter­card and even a pol­icy bond is­sued by pub­li­clifein­sur­ancecor­po­ra­tions.

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