Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Passports to tranform, may turn orange, might no longer be address proof

Passports to tranform, may turn orange, might no longer be address proof

"One of the recommendations of the Committee was that the Ministry of External Affairs should explore the possibility of doing away with the printing of information contained in the last page of the passport", the spokesperson added.

Indian passports will no longer contain information about the holder on the last page, and those with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with an orange jacket, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on January 12.

India has chose to do away with the last page of the passport that contains the names of the spouse, parents and address of the passport-holder while changing the colour of ECR passports, largely availed of by unskilled workers seeking employment overseas, the External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday announced major changes to the Indian passport accepting recommendations of a "three-member committee" which was constituted in July 2016 and it submitted its report in September 2016. Kumar also mentioned that the changes would be carried out when the next series of passports are printed.

The MEA is also considering changing the colour of passports. The new format passport will be issued on renewal.

"The existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet", the spokesperson said.

Ironically, UK is contemplating reverting its passport colour from burgundy to blue to celebrate Brexit.

Currently, a Navy Blue cover is issued for ordinary travel.

As of now, the last page of the passport showcases the address, while the first page has the photograph and name.

In India, a passport is issued by the President of India for the objective of global travel and serves as a legal proof of Indian citizenship as per the Passports Act (1967).

"The decision to keep the last page of the passport blank has been taken", and this has been done to keep the privacy and identity of the person secured.

Passports will soon stop serving as valid proof of address and the Government of India is expected to introduce a new format soon.

There are already two more categories - white passport for government personnel Indian government on official business and ones with red jacket for diplomats including top political representatives, MPs and officials of diplomatic status in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

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