The last page in the passport which carries vital details like address, father's name and the name of the mother or spouse may not be printed anymore, a new decision by the foreign ministry.
Passports have been a key component of the Ministry of External Affairs under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ministry has accelerated the process of printing and distributing passports to Indian citizens since the government came to power in May 2014.
As per the new design of the passport, the last page would be blank; and this means, the address won't be present there.
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.#. This would mean that the new passports will no longer be useful as a proof of address for various applications. The committee also looked upon the passport issues relating to the children with single parent and that of adopted children.
Attacking Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government over reports that passports may no longer serve as the holder's address proof, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the move shows that government was treating India's migrant workers as "second class" citizens.
Besides this, the colour of the passport will also undergo some minor changes. These are all included in the first page of the passport booklet. No, all existing passports will remain valid until their expiry date.
Soon, however, those in the ECR category will have orange passports, Kumar said.
Govt. officials have a white passport, and diplomats have red passports, and this colour combination won't change.
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.