Infants and minor children up to the age of five years have been exempted by the ministry of external affairs from giving biometrics to the passport issuing authority, the Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
Union minister of state for external affairs, general (retired) VK Singh, in a written reply in the the Lok Sabha, said that they would, however, be required to be "physically present" at the Passport Seva Kendra for their photographs to be taken for printing on the passport.
"The ministry has exempted infants/minor children up to the age of five years from giving biometrics (10 fingerprints) to the passport issuing authority for processing their applications related to passport services," he said.
To a question as to whether the government has received any representation on the matter, Singh said, "Yes. The ministry received a representation requesting for reconsidering the policy that requires the physical presence of newborns at the Passport Seva Kendra for biometric finger print for issue of passports." (PTI)