To keep in line with the worldwide standards, Indian passports may soon not include any information printed on its last page.
In response to a query, the MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated that in pursuant to recommendation of a three-member committee comprising officials of the MEA and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, it was chose to do away with the printing of information such as names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address contained on the last page of the passport. This was stated by the MEA on Friday.
The new passports will not carry the last page containing details of residence and parents name.
The decision follows the report of a three-member committee of the MEA and the Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry that examined calls for doing away with the father's name in the passport.
Official Kumar said that the ECR category will be specified in the orange pssports. There were also issues related to passports issued to children with single parent and to adopted children.
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.
No date has been given for the start of issuing of the new passports.
The choice of colour for the ECR passports has raised eyebrows as it comes close on the heels of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh painting public buildings saffron or orange.#.
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.
He also said that the last page of the passport will be blank in the new version. Right now, passports are issued in three colourred for diplomats;, white for government officers or to those people who visit different nations for the official work of the administration; and blue for all others across two classes - the people who immigration check (ECR) and the people who don't (ECNR).
"The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course". The Ministry of External Affairs, the nodal ministry for issuing passports has also chose to provide a separate passport of orange colour for the Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) category.