Indian passport is a legal instrument that enables you to travel abroad with a valid visa. Almost all countries require you to hold a valid visa and a passport. The instrument declares you as a valid citizen and authorized for International travel. In a way this acts as a security document with your record in the database.
Unauthorized travel often leads to criminal activity and the country being visited can suffer. Many criminals travel on fake passport obtained by unscrupulous means. In many countries there is a big racket going on for manipulation of legal documents. Under many circumstances especially in case of people with criminal record are not authorized to travel outside India.
Terrorists, smugglers and escapees use illegal documentation to travel abroad. The passport prevents all such travels as it is a security document. People with legal papers can be immediately held responsible for any nefarious acts.
With each and every update the passport in India is being added with more and more features to prevent misuse. During the application process the applicant is scrutinized for the authenticity of the documents he has submitted. The documents required to fulfill application are identity proof, address proof and to check out the citizenship.
The applications of people with past criminal records and facing trial in the courts are rejected. If the applicant has been proven guilty five years before the date of application and has not served a minimum sentence of two years can have is application rejected.
In case a warrant has been issued for a person to appear in a criminal enquiry the application can be denied. Usually such criminals are prevented by order to leave the country. The court can set many conditions for International travel and issuance of necessary travel documents.
Improper submission of documents can also result in failure of the application. Many people fail to get clearance because of incorrect filling of the form. One has to fill the application form exactly as the manner in which it to be done. The passport website of the Government of India offers full details how the form has to be filled and submitted. The documents required and acceptable are also mentioned on the official website. Hence one should read this very carefully.
The details given online are for fresh applicants, reissuance and those applying under special circumstances. The details of fee structure are also available on site. An Indian citizen can also apply for fast acceptance of application under the Tatkal scheme. This is subject to terms and conditions.
Once you have applied for the passport you can frequently check the status online. There is search tool on the Government website that lets you check the status online.