The External Affairs Minister of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj had made an announcement on Friday that henceforth all passports in the country will not just be in English but will be in both English and Hindi languages. Sushma Swaraj has made the announcement during the occasion of passport seva divas held in New Delhi, as a new provision.
The external affairs minister has also announced a reduction by 10% in passport fees for applicants below 8 years and above 60 years of age. The parliament Committee had recommended Hindi language entries to be made in passports in the 9th report of Official Language, which was submitted way back in the year 2011.
After the President of India, Pranab
Mukherjee had approved the recommendations made in the report, a facility
was made which will facilitate applicants to apply online for passports in
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