Government's Orange Passport Plan Makes Rahul Gandhi See Red

Government's Orange Passport Plan Makes Rahul Gandhi See Red

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also chose to discontinue the last page of the passport, giving rise to speculations that it may no longer serve as valid address proof.

".The passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with orange colour passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport", said the Official Spokesperson in the press release. However, the requisite information will still be stored in the system of the external affairs ministry, so it will not affect the government's working.

Ironically, UK is contemplating reverting its passport colour from burgundy to blue to celebrate Brexit. Since the last page will not be printed any longer, the passport will cease to serve as a proof of address.

A Hindustan Times report quoted Surendera Kumar, under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of the ministry, saying that the change could happen when the "next series" of passports is being issued. Hence, no longer the passport can be used for verifying your address.

The new passports will not carry the last page containing details of residence and parents name. Orange for those who require emigration check and the regular blue passports for those who don't. The committee also looked upon the passport issues relating to the children with single parent and that of adopted children. While an official Passport has a white cover and is issued to those representing the Indian government on official business. The Controller General said that persons obtaining new passports would be issued with the new document while those holding the current passports could use them until the validity ended.

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.