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MEA to issue orange passports for unskilled labourers

14 January 2018, 04:40 | Kevin Scott

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Passports may no longer be valid proof of address as the Ministry of External Affairs is considering a proposal to do away with the current last page having address of the passport holder. As of now, on the last page of the passport includes names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address.

JD Vaishampayan, an official at the regional passport office in Pune said that "some changes may happen soon", as reported in HT, and did not say much else.

Ministry of Home Affairs of India has today stated that Indian Passports will never be considered as proof of address from now onwards.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today attacked the Modi government over its decision that passport holders requiring emigration check would be given an orange-coloured passport while others will continue to get a blue one, saying it shows the BJP's "discriminatory mindset".

Nashik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course.

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A source said the last page of the passport will be blank in the new version.

"The last page is never checked anywhere, but the personal identity of a traveller is important". Immigration and Emigration Controller General S. Ranasinghe told the Sunday Times that the new passport would have additional security features to minimise chances of anyone making forged passports.

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

Since then, the passport has been considered as a valid travel document, which is legal and issued by the country's government for worldwide travel.

The decision, announced by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Friday, came on recommendation made by a three-member committee comprising Ministry of External Affairs and Women and Child Development Ministry officials, that. This will increase the speed of the process of emigration as the colour of the passport will make it clear whether the emigration check is required or not.

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