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Passport without names of spouse, parents might become a reality soon

india Updated: Feb 10, 2017 22:12 IST
Jayanth Jacob
External affairs ministry

The external affairs ministry is set to initiate a process to issue passports that doesn’t disclose personal details.

Soon, you may have a passport that doesn’t disclose personal details such as the name of your spouse, father or mother. The external affairs ministry is exploring setting up a process to issue such passports in India.

The new proposed guidelines, if implemented, would make it easier for children of single parents to get passports. The existing rules mandate that the child should have both parents printed in the passport booklet on the page where personal information is given.

The proposal was part of the recommendations made by a three-member committee of external affairs and women and child development ministries constituted to examine various issues related to disclosure of the personal details in the passport booklets.

“The MEA accepted the recommendation of the panel and this particular suggestion is being discussed with various stakeholders to arrive at a final decision”, officials familiar with the development said.

The basis of the recommendation was that passports issued by many countries don’t have such details printed in the booklets, which is part of protecting the privacy and individual choices.

The committee was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mother or child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport .

The committee had submitted the reported to the MEA late last year.

One of the recommendations of the committee was that the “Ministry of External Affairs” should explore the possibility of doing away with the printing of some information contained in the passport booklet such as names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, and present address.