Marriage certificates are not required to apply for passports, says Sushma Swaraj
Applying for passports can be quite a tiresome job. It is even more difficult for those who are married or divorced because you have to show your marriage certificates! But the government of India is now gearing up to change this policy.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that no passport offices across India will ask for a marriage certificate anymore from a person who is applying for a passport! Women divorcees need not fill in the name of their ex-husbands as well. The minister said that this new policy will be implemented at the earliest in all passport offices across the country.
Sushma Swaraj said that the government decided to implement this new rule after receiving complaints from many married people.
Recently, an interfaith couple from Lucknow had to cross many hurdles in order to get their passports. All because they were from two different religions! The incident had created quite some confusion and Sushma Swaraj directly intervened and sorted out the issue for the couple.
Sushma Swaraj also introduced the Passport Seva app. So now, the process of applying for passports will be made easier!