Sushma Swaraj Reacted the regional passport officers in Tirupati communicated the couple and ready the required arrangements.
In a rare gesture of kindness, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj responded to an online petition from a couple in Andhra Pradesh in the seventies and assisted with processing passport applications from their Girls without their two daughters or elderly parents visiting the passport office.
The couple began an online petition with Change.org, asking for exemption from the personal appearance of their disabled daughters as they can not help them at the nearest passport office in Tirupati. Addressing the couple’s request, Ms.Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she would make the necessary arrangements and directed the officials to consider the matter.
Rallapalli Ramasubbaiah of Nellore is 75 years old and a retired tahsildar his wife Subbalaxmi is 70 years old. Their daughters R. Gayatridevi and R. Sravani are 72% and 90% disabled by poliomyelitis and can not venture without support.
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The couple has been looking after them for 40 years and is afraid that they will not be able to do it any longer, so they want their daughters to join their brothers who are settled abroad.
The current passport regulations require that each applicant be physically present at the passport office for an interview. The couple’s online petition, explaining why they could not do it, got a huge response, with 45,000 petitioners supporting it.
After Ms. Sushma Swaraj responded, the regional passport officers in Tirupati contacted the couple and made the necessary arrangements.
A happy Ramasubbaiah admitted that he had not really waited for this kind of response from the minister Ms.Sushma Swaraj . He had heard that she had helped someone with a passport problem earlier and so had begun the petition.