The couple had started an online petition on Change.org, which was brought to the Minister's notice.

Sushmas tweets help aging Andhra parents get passport for disabled daughters
news News Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 08:42

An online petition by an old couple from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh asking for help in getting passports for their disabled daughters, has reached the attention of Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj.

75-year-old Ramasubbarao Rallapalli, a retired tahsildar, and his wife 70-year-old Subbalakshmi jointly started a petition on Change.org, stating that their two daughters were severely disabled and unable to appear in person at the passport office for applying for passports.

The current passport rules mandate that every applicant is physically present at the passport office for an interview.

Saying that their daughters, R Gayathridevi and R Sarvani - were 72% and 90% disabled due to polio, the aging couple also added that they had taken care of them for 40 years now  but would not be able to do so for much longer.

"Our sons are settled in the US and Canada. They would like to take care of their sisters when we cannot. The nearest Passport Seva Kendra is 110 km away from our residence and my daughters have to be personally present in order to apply. Travelling by bus or train is very hard for them. Due to our old age, my husband and me are also not able to help them travel," the petition read.

"It is our humble and earnest appeal to Sushma Swaraj and the Ministry of External Affairs to help us get passports for our daughters without insisting their physical presence at Passport Seva Centre distantly located," it added.

Following the petition, Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter, assuring help to the parents.

A day later, she took to Twitter again, tweeting, “Your daughters do not have to go anywhere. The Passports will reach your house today.”

 

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