Individuals who wish to travel abroad require a passport, which is an official document issued by the government of the issuing country. The passport permits the holder to go abroad and also recognizes the holder as being a citizen of that country.
Additionally, passports can be used as identity documents as they are issued by an official authority in the country after conducting stringent checks.
Passport for Retired Government Officials
When applying for a passport, there are a number of categories and subdivisions that individuals can apply under. One of these is a passport for retired government officials.
As per the existing passport notifications, there are certain privileges accorded to retired government officials who apply for a passport. These have been granted as recognition of these applicants’ service to the nation during the course of their tenure.
Benefits for Retired Government Officials
Retired government officials who are applying for a passport can avail the following benefits:
- Post Police Verification passport: Retired government officials can receive their passports prior to police verification if they submit their Pension Payment Order. In other words, such applications will have the police verification conducted after the passport has been issued, thus cutting down on the waiting time.
- Fewer documents to be provided: Retired government officials have to submit a less comprehensive list of documents by virtue of their details already being in the system. For example, in the case of a retired government official applying for a tatkaal passport, he/she is required to submit a proof of address, proof of date of birth, standard affidavit and either a Pension Payment Order or a Verification Certificate only. This is in comparison to other tatkaal applications, where applicants have to submit a number of documents in order to expedite the application process.
Retired government officials who are applying for a passport can visit the website of the Ministry of External Affairs for a more comprehensive list of the documentation and application procedure.