On January 12, the External Affairs Ministry said that India has decided to do away with the last page of the passport that contains the names of the spouse, parents and address of the passport-holder.
The directive was issued following the arrest of two suspected Bangladeshi terrorists who had managed to get Indian passport showing Deoband addresses.
The physical police verification for getting a passport may soon be dispensed with as the Centre plans to connect the procedure with CCTNS and Systems.
As per the extant statutory provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, all the applicants born on or after 26/01/1989, in order to get a passport, had to, hitherto, mandatorily submit the Birth Certificate.
Ministry of External Affairs has issued a press release on simplified process of issuing passports
Ministry of External Affairs has introduced Passport Seva System for speedy issue of passports.
Govt employees can get passport without no objection certificate from his/her department as per Ministry of External Affairs OM
Passport Seva Project (PSP) - New system for issuing of passports
The Ministry of External Affairs issued an advisory in June, 2012 to all Regional Passport Offices in the country to introduce walk in facility to ease availability of on line appointment and facilitate easy submission of forms