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QUESTION NO.449 EXEMPTION TO INFANTS FOR BIOMETRIC FINGER PRINTS FOR PASSPORT

February 07, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.449
TO BE ANSWERED ON 07.02.2019

EXEMPTION TO INFANTS FOR BIOMETRIC FINGER PRINTS FOR PASSPORT

449. SHRI PARIMAL NATHWANI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government is considering to bring about a change in passport laws to exempt infants to be physically present for biometric finger prints;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether Government has received any representations in this regard;

(d) if so, the details thereof; and

(e) by when a final decision in this regard is likely to be taken?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a), (b) & (e) With effect from 28th September 2017, the Ministry has exempted infants/minor children upto the age of 5 years from giving biometrics (10 fingerprints) to the Passport Issuing Authority for processing their applications related to passport services. The infant/minor children upto the age of 5 years are, however, required to be physically present at the Passport Seva Kendra for capturing their photograph to be printed on the passport.

(c) & (d) Yes. The Ministry of External Affairs received a representation requesting for reconsidering the policy that requires the physical presence of newborns at the Passport Seva Kendra for biometric finger print for issue of passports.

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