"/ with the printing of the last page of the passport".
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.
"The existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet", Kumar confirmed.
The ministry has examined the recommendations of the committee, examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation regarding machine-readable travel documents, and "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", Kumar added.
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The choice of colour for the ECR passports has raised eyebrows as it comes close on the heels of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh painting public buildings saffron or orange.#.
As of now, the last page of the passport showcases the address, while the first page has the photograph and name. Given that the last page of the passport itself will be made redundant, this objective is also met.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the next series of passports may have the last page blank as a measure to protects details. 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. This would mean that the new passports will no longer be useful as a proof of address for various applications.
Surendra also said that the changes would be carried out when the next series of passports are printed.
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At present, the crucial document is issued in three colours - white passport is given to government officers, diplomats get red passport while other people get blue ones.
Experts said that creating separate passports for those with the Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) status will create discrimination. 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.
The orange passport will be issued to those who belong to the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category, while the blue one to the rest.
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