26-06-2017 10:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream
Along with making passports bilingual, some more amendments are announced
On June 23, 2017, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that passports will be in two languages from now, that is in Hindi and English.
The following reform was introduced after the Ministry got complaints about the personal details of the applicant to be printed only in English. Many other reforms have been brought about by the Government to simplify the application process for passports. 10 percent reduction in the passport has been declared for the applicants under the age of 8 and over the age of 60. Also, a copy of ration card will be applicable for availing tatkal passports. Bringing ration card as one of the options will make it conducive for the rural applicants who don’t have Permanent Account Number (PAN) card.
The announcement was made at the event celebrating the completion of 50 years of the Passport Act, 1967. Many countries have their passports in two languages. The Ministry has passed an order to Nashik Printing Press to print passports in Hindi too. Along with many amendments announced, Ministry also said that laws will be eased for orphans, single mothers and divorced women. Also, the major police verification process must be done as soon as possible in all states of nation emulating some states that take less than 6 days to do it.
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