Passports no longer your address proof!

Passports no longer your address proof!

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday announced the discontinuation of the last page of the passport booklet which contained details such as the passport holder's father, mother, address etc, and replaced it with coloured jackets.

However, the ministry has not confirmed a date for issuing the new passports.

After consulting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding compatibility of passport booklets minus 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".

The government is looking forward to make passport not valid as address proof and also change its colour for the citizens who wish to migrate from the nation.

On Friday, the government made a decision to change the passport colour from blue to orange for people with Emigration Check Required (ECR) status.

"The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course". Immigration and Emigration Controller General S. Ranasinghe told the Sunday Times that the new passport would have additional security features to minimise chances of anyone making forged passports.

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. Currently, Indian passports are issued in three colours - white for government officers and those travelling on work allotted by the Centre, red for diplomats and blue for other citizens.

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.

According to the ministry, the decision to do away with this page was taken in view of concerns expressed by single parents and those with adopted children about the requirement of details of parents in the passport. This means if they want to travel overseas for work to a group of 18 countries, majority in Gulf, they would only be allowed to leave India after obtaining an "Emigration clearance" certificate from the office of Protector of Emigrants.