Govt may take address off the passport, change colour to orange

Govt may take address off the passport, change colour to orange

The ministry of external affairs will issue those people requiring emigration checks orange colour passports.

The Indian Security Press (ISP), located in Nasik city of south-western state of Maharashtra, would now be designing the new passport booklets.

The Narendra Modi government, which usually prefers homogenisation, has made a decision to move to a two-colour format for personal passports: orange and the existing dark navy blue.

The last page in the passport which carries vital details like address, father's name and the name of the mother or spouse may not be printed anymore, a new decision by the foreign ministry.

ECR passport holders require clearance from the Protector General of Emigrants to go overseas in order to prevent exploitation. If this goes through, the passport will stop serving as a proof of address.

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The statement came even as it was declared that the passports for the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category will be printed with orange jackets.

The ministry examined the recommendation in consultation with the various stakeholders, and also examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding machine readable travel documents, and decided that the last page of the passport would no longer be printed. Officials point out that India had been the only country to have an additional page at the end of the passport booklet with information.

"However, the existing passports will continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet", MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in response to a question. So, while the passports will not show the names of the passport-holder's parents or spouse, the passport-holder's address will also be omitted from mention, meaning thereby that applicants will obviously have to furnish other documents for their address-proof. While an official Passport has a white cover and is issued to those representing the Indian government on official business.

According to reports, the report has been accepted.

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