Mumbai: Government rules seem to have become major hurdle in the progress of orphans in the country due to which they are facing enormous difficulties.

21-year-old Sandeep Kamble was denied passport because he did not have a birth certificate. Brought up in an orphanage here, Kamble had submitted all mandatory certificates for passport, but he could not furnish a birth certificate.

According to government rule implemented in 2006, it is mandatory to submit a birth certificate for those born after the year 1989 while putting up application for the passport.

Kamble, who is a second year engineering student, had submitted an affidavit but it was rejected. Later, he also submitted a letter issued by his orphanage.

The Snehasadan Home for orphans situated in Andheri issued a letter, which states December 13, 1990 as his date of birth and Chalisgaon birthplace as per his school certificate and confirms that he has been living with them since 2002.

“I faced similar problem while enrolling in engineering college. I was asked to submit my caste certificate for concession in fees,” said Kamble.

He tried to find out any relative for the certificate but failed in his attempt.

“Due to no birth certificate, other students in the orphanage are also unable to travel abroad. Should all orphans stop applying for passports?” asked Kamble.

While, passport officials said, they are following government rules.

JPN/Mid-day