Breaking away from norms, MEA plans to issue passports without address on last page

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) wants to discontinue with the practice of printing address on the last page of passport it issues to the citizens, according to this NDTV report. As a consequence, the document that shows citizenship will cease to be a valid proof of address photo copy of which is currently taken for use at government and private offices.

Earlier, a three-member committee – with representatives from MEA and child development ministry – set up to look into the demands pouring in from people had proposed the government should go without last last page on passport.The recommendations were accepted and as a result in new bunches of passport there will not be the any last page with holder’s permanent address.

“As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with orange passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport,” a spokesperson has been quoted by NDTV as saying.

Passport is issued by MEA. AFP

Passport is issued by MEA. AFP

The last page that has the address of the passport holder on it also mentions status of ECR or ECNR on the very same page. The MEA also plans to issue orange passports to holders who require emigration check. Similarly, those who do not require emigration check or are part of ECNR category will continue to get blue passports.

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. The report adds that the new passports will be designed at the government security press, India Security Press, in Nashik.

Updated Date: Jan 12, 2018 18:46 PM

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