Passports no longer your address proof!

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There was, however, no word from the ministry on whether the passport would cease to be a valid document for proof of address for official purposes as a result of the move to do away with the personal details page. This was stated by the MEA on Friday.

The decision is based on the recommendations of a three-member Committee comprising officials of the Ministries of External Affairs and Women and Child Development. The committee also looked upon the passport issues relating to the children with single parent and that of adopted children.

Indian passports will no longer contain information about the holder on the last page, and those with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with an orange jacket, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on January 12.

The Indian passport is set to go through a lot of changes, if the proposal of the ministry of external affairs is implemented.

In addition to not having any details on the last page of the passport, the ministry has also chose to differentiate on the basis of ECR status of an individual. Government officers have a white passport, diplomats are issued red passports and all other passports are blue.

A senior government official claimed that a passport cover which visibly stigmatised its holder as not being well-educated may not be helpful and rather make them an easy prey for unscrupulous elements.

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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.

However, this legendary proof of existence will soon vanish, because Govt of India is planning to create a new design of the passport, with new colours and new features.

In this case too, existing ECR passports will be valid, according to the report.

Those who need emigration check (ECR) in the passports will now have an orange coloured passport; right now, ECR required passport was blue, along with those which don't require ECR.

Apart from this, the ministry is also mulling changing colour of some passports of a specific category.

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