MEA to issue orange passports for unskilled labourers

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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. The ECR passports will have the orange jacket and the ECNR passports will retain the current blue colour.

In India, a passport is issued by the President of India for the goal of global travel and serves as a legal proof of Indian citizenship as per the Passports Act (1967). 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.

And the causality of this newness the last page of the passport, which normally holds the address of the person.

Surendera Kumar, under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of MEA told Hindustan Times that the ministry was thinking over the plan and it could be implemented when the "next series" of passports are issued. This would mean that the new passports will no longer be useful as a proof of address for various applications. The last page contains information such as the names of the Father, Mother, Spouse, Address, ECR and old passport number with date and place of issue of the holder of the passport.

Passports are now issued in three colours - government officers are issued white passport, diplomats issued red passports and all others are blue. As per Passport Act of India, all passports are valid until the date mentioned there. These are all included in the first page of the passport booklet.

Officials did not respond to queries on the need to differently colour-code ECR and non-ECR passports when either status can easily be stamped on one of the two front pages of the booklet, as used to be the case earlier. While Indian passports come in a blue jacket, diplomatic and official passports carry white and red jackets, respectively.

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