Passport to lose address page

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The blue colour previously covered the ones who require emigration check (ECR) and those who do not (ECNR) but as per the recent developments, the former might have orange coloured passports to ease emigration process.

A foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed that the report has been accepted and the last page of the passport will be blank in the new series.

Booklets with orange jackets would be designed by and printed at the Indian Security Press in Nasik.

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.

Currently, a Navy Blue cover is issued for ordinary travel.

At present, the crucial document is issued in three colours - white passport is given to government officers, diplomats get red passport while other people get blue ones.

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The ministry of external affairs will soon issue new passports without the last page that contains details including the residential address of the holder, a statement from the ministry said on Friday.

On the issue of the passport being used as address proof, there has been no comment or reaction from Ministry of External Affairs. Names of the mother or the father or the spouse is not required.

The decisions were adopted following requests for removing father's name in the passport and also to protect the details of the citizen.

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 history of passport dates back to approximately 450 BC when King Artaxerxes I of Persia issued a letter to an official named Nehemiah for travelling beyond his country to Judea, the modern day Israel. In the case of ECR passport-holders, this status is provided on the same page.

If the MEA decides to go ahead with this plan, these changes will be applicable the next series onwards, and the current passports will remain valid, reported HT.