A good samaritan files an RTI to get details of acquiring a passport, after a 21-year-old orphan was denied one for not possessing a birth certificate.
After MiD DAY highlighted the plight of Sandeep Kamble (21), an orphan who was denied a passport as he could not produce a birth certificate, Rajeev Agarwal (see pic), professor of Physics at Akaash Institute, New Delhi, filed an RTI asking what protocols should be followed for an orphan wanting a passport.
Agarwal was moved when he read the report published in MiD DAY ('Denied passport for being an orphan') on June 23. He sent the query to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on July 15. Soon thereafter, The Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi swung into action and replied on how an orphan can procure a birth certificate. The reply stated that 'One may obtain birth certificate after following the procedure provided in the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969, and then apply for passport with the birth certificate. Birth certificate is compulsory for all the passport applications whose date of birth falls on or after 26 January 1989..........Read more