UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1606
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2017
PASSPORTS FOR CHILDREN WITH SINGLE MOTHER
1606. SHRI TIRUCHI SIVA:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government has taken note of the fact that despite the provisions that only one parent’s name is mandatory while submitting the application for issue of passport, it is extremely difficult for children with single mother to get a passport; and
(b) if so, the details of the steps being taken by Government to simplify the process for such children?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]
(a) The Government has not come across any recent case of difficulty being faced by children with single parent to get a passport after simplification of passports rules notified on 26/12/2016.
(b) By this notification, the Government simplified the procedure for issue of passports to the children/applicants with single parent by permitting them to mention the name of only one parent in the family details of the applicant. Further, if the consent
of the other parent is not available (in respect of minor children), the single parent applying for a passport for a minor child may obtain the same by submitting a declaration in this regard on a plain paper in Annexure-C to the Passports Rules, 2016.