Sub: Issue of ordinary passport to the employees of the State Government, PSU’s, Constitutional bodies, Municipal Corporations, et al – Requirement of Identity Certificate (IC) or No Objection Certificate.
Following procedure shall be adopted while issuing Identity Certificate (IC) or No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the employees of State Government or their family members for facilitating early disposal of passport applications.As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, employees have the option to submit either Identity Certificate (IC) or No Objection Certificate (NOC) for speedy disposal of their passport applications.Dependents viz. spouse and children up to the age of 18 years only have the option of submitting IC.In an IC, it is certified that provisions of section 6(2) of the Passport Act are not violated, where as this certification is not done in case of an NOC. If IC is submitted, passport will be issued without police verification and if NOC submitted, passport will be will be issued on post police verification basis.NOC (Not IC) is required for reissue of passport of expiry of passport/ exhaustion of visa pages etc.
An employee may apply for an IC or NOC by submitting an application in the prescribed format (Annexure I).
IC or NOC may be issue by the Head of the Department or the Head of the PSU or a person duly authorized by them. Head of the Departments may issue suitable directions for delegation of this power if deemed fit. The validity of IC/ NOC will be six months from the date of issue.
While issuing IC or NOC following aspects may be looked into:-
- there is no disciplinary proceedings or vigilance case either pending or under contemplation against the individual;
- there is no ground to believe that the applicant could figure adversely on the security records of the Government
An IC may be issued in favour of an employee or her/ his dependents viz. spouse and children up to 18 years of age in an Official stationery (letterhead) in the format as prescribed by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in the Annexure B (copy enclosed). In case of children and spouse an affidavit in the prescribed format (Annexure I) will have to be submitted along with the application form in IC.
Whenever IC is issued, it has to be certified that the provisions of Section 6(2) of the Passports Act are not violated. Section 6(2) of the Passport Act states that:
Subject to the other provisions of this Act, the passport authority shall refuse to issue a passport or travel document for visiting any foreign country under clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 5 on any one or more of the following grounds, and on no other ground, namely:-
- That the applicant is not a citizen of India;
- That the applicant may, or is likely to, engage outside India in activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India;
- That the departure of the applicant from India may, or likely to, be detrimental to the security of India;
- That the presence of the applicant outside India may, or likely to, prejudice the friendly relations of India with any foreign country;
- That the applicant has, at any time during the period of five years immediately preceding the date of his application, been convicted by a court in India for any offense involving moral turpitude and sentenced in respect thereof to imprisonment for not less than two years;
- That proceedings in respect of an offense alleged to have been committed by the applicant are pending before a criminal court in India;
- That a warrant or summons for the appearance, or a warrant for the arrest, of the applicant has been issued by a court under any law for the time being in force or that an order prohibiting the departure from India of the applicant has been made by any such court;
- That the applicant has been repatriated and has not reimbursed the expenditure incurred in connection with such repatriation
- That in the opinion of the Central Government the issue of a passport or travel document to the applicant will not be in the public interest.
The IC will be issued based on the personal satisfaction of the issuing authority and she/ he may refuse to do so without citing any reasons.
An NOC may be issued in favour of an employee in the format as prescribed by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in the Annexure “M” (copy enclosed). Such NOC may be issued on plain paper with signature/ stamp furnishing contact telephone/ fax numbers of the issuing officer. 8. These instructions may be brought to the notice of all the PSU’s, stationary bodies etc. under their control for information and appropriate action.
Reference: Passport Application Order