India decides to do away with last page of passports

Indian passports no longer valid proof of address? Here's what Ministry of External Affairs has to say

The spokesman said, "Now, the last page of the passport will not be printed, passports with orange colored jackets will be issued for passport holders with an ECR (immigration check) status and regular blue passports will be issued for non-ECR statuses".

If the Ministry says yes to the plan, then the changes may be applicable from next series onwards and the current passports will remain valid, reported HT.

However, this legendary proof of existence will soon vanish, because Govt of India is planning to create a new design of the passport, with new colours and new features.

The decision comes after a report by a joint panel of foreign ministry and Women and Child Development ministry officials.

Currently, a Navy Blue cover is issued for ordinary travel. MEA is also considering changing the colour of passports.

The recommendation - that was accepted by the ministry - suggested that the MEA should "explore" the possibility of "doing away the printing of information contained in the passport booklet such as names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address contained in the last page of the passport".

Passport is considered the biggest address proof till now.

The last page of the passport contains information such as the name of the father, mother, spouse, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and old passport number with date and place of issue of the holder of the passport.

After consulting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding compatibility of passport booklets minus the address and parents' names printed on the last page, with Machine Readable Travel Documents, the MEA concluded that, "the last page of the passport and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and Passport Rules, 1980 would no longer be printed".

Since then, the passport has been considered as a valid travel document, which is legal and issued by the country's government for global travel. While an official Passport has a white cover and is issued to those representing the Indian government on official business.

Media reports also claimed that the ministry is also considering to change the colours of the passports. As has dependably been the situation when new series is issued, every single existing worldwide ID will stay substantial till their expiry date.



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