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Passport application fees cut for those under 8 yrs, over 60

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New Delhi: Passport application fees have been reduced for applicants under the age of eight and over the age of 60, external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Friday.

The minister further said that from now, all new passports issued will be in Hindi and in English and not just in English like before.

Swaraj announced these changes in a speech at an event to mark 50 years of the Passport Act, 1967.

These changes follow after minister’s December 2016 easing of rules to apply for a passport.

One of the big changes announced in December was the removal of the mandatory requirement of the birth certificate as the proof of date of birth. In addition, the new rules said that separated or divorced applicants will not have to mention the name their former spouse in the application form.

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