GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-64
Issuing of identity certificate for passsport
64 . DR. YOGENDRA P. TRIVEDI
(a) whether a Member of Parliament is empowered to issue identity certificate to any person for passport purpose, if not, the reasons therefor;
(b) whether an Under Secretary in Central or State Government is empowered to issue such a certificate; and
(c) if so, whether their posts are considered superior to Members of Parliament, if so, the details thereof?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)
(a) No. Identity Certificate (IC) is akin to a ‘No Objection Certificate’ required to be submitted by any Passport applicant who is working in a Government Office/Public Sector Undertaking/Statutory body. This is issued by the Administrative Office/Controlling Authority of the employee where he/she is working. IC is issued by the Controlling authority after verifying the service record and antecedents of the employee.
(b) No. Government of India has not fixed any specific post/level or officer for issuing the IC. It is issued by the Controlling authority designated by the concerned Government Department.
(C) Does not arise.
Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A
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