Orange passports: Rahul says it shows BJP's discriminatory

Passports may no longer be valid proof of address

Passports may no longer be valid proof of address

The Indian passport is containing the name, date of birth, photograph and other details in the first page and the address of the person will be mentioned in last page.

The decision to remove the last page of the passport, making the passport unacceptable as a proof of address, was made based on recommendations from a panel of MEA and Ministry of Women and Child Development officials.

"The report of the committee has been accepted by the ministry", Kumar said.

But the missing of the last page will not affect the passport office and the immigration department (or security agencies) because all the information of the passport holder is in the back-end.

Earlier, it was reported that the government is mulling over removing the last page which includes the address of the passport holder.

Passports for citizens who have Emigration Check Required (ECR) status will have orange cover jackets while those already having emigration clearance will receive the traditional dark blue jackets.

The Indian Security Press, Nashik, will have to design the new passport booklets to the altered specifications finalised by the ministry. The Controller General said that persons obtaining new passports would be issued with the new document while those holding the current passports could use them until the validity ended.

When it is expired, new passport will be issued, which will automatically have the new features such as new colours and blank last page. The ministry has been evaluating submissions that in case of children of single parents, the name of the estranged father/mother need not be printed on the passport. "We may take all details for our records but will not print on the passport", Neelam Rani, Regional Passport Officer told DNA. This will increase the speed of the process of emigration as the colour of the passport will make it clear whether the emigration check is required or not.

After examining the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, and the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding Machine Readable Travel Documents, the ministry decided that the last page of the passport and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and Passport Rules, 1980 would no longer be printed.

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