Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Indian Migrant Workers to Get Orange Passports

Passports Passport to lose address page
Frank Williams | 14 January, 2018, 16:40

Gandhi also said the move shows that the government was treating India's migrant workers as "second class citizens". "This action demonstrates BJP's discriminatory mindset", the Congress president said on Twitter.

Earlier, it was reported that the government is mulling over removing the last page which includes the address of the passport holder. The committee also looked upon the passport issues relating to the children with single parent and that of adopted children.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also made a decision to discontinue the last page of the passport, giving rise to speculations that it may no longer serve as valid address proof.

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.

All current passports will continue to be valid, even once the new series of passports are issued, up till their expiry date.

After examining International Civil Aviation Organisation's guidelines regarding machine-readable travel documents, MEA decided that the last page of the passport booklet will no longer be printed.

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Next to some of the devastated areas sat large estates untouched by the torrent, their lawns still green and the landscaping lush. The family rode out the storm unharmed on kitchen counters as the debris smashed through the walls and water swirled around them.

The Indian Express report stated that while applying for a new passport, the applicant needs to enter the address, however, the same will not be printed on the last page.

Govt. officials have a white passport, and diplomats have red passports, and this colour combination won't change.

Kumar said the change may reflect in the "next series" of passports issued.

On Friday, the government chose to change the passport colour from blue to orange for people with Emigration Check Required (ECR) status. The printing of the new ECR identifications will be done at the India Security Press at Nashik.

Passport applicants who have not passed Class 10 are given passports with the ECR category, which means if they want to travel overseas for work to a group of 18 countries they are first required to obtain an "Emigration clearance" certificate before they can leave India.

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