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Passports no longer your address proof!

| | New Delhi

The Government has decided to do away with the last page of the passport that contains personal details such as parents name, address etc. The Ministry of External Affairs, the nodal ministry for issuing passports has also decided to provide a separate passport of orange colour for the Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) category. The ECR is at present stamped on the first two pages of the passport.

The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nashik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course. Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the MEA, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page and the existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet.

According to MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, the decision to stop printing the personal details on the last page of passport was taken following a recommendation from a three-member committee comprising officials of the MEA and  Ministry of Women and Child Development that was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mothers and children had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport. The committee also looked upon the passport issues relating to the children with single parent and that of adopted children.

The MEA Spoke-sperson added the Ministry has examined the recommendation of the committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, and the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regarding Machine Readable Travel Documents and decided 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. 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.

“The report of the committee had been accepted by the MEA. One of the recommendations of the Committee was that the MEA should explore the possibility of doing away with 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,” Raveesh added.

As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR status would be issued a passport with orange colour passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport, the MEA official said.



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