Govt does away with printing of last page of passport

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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.

The Indian Security Press, Nashik, will have to design the new passport booklets to the altered specifications finalised by the ministry.

The decisions follow a report by a joint panel of foreign ministry and Women and Child Development ministry officials. Government officers have a white passport, diplomats are issued red passports and all other passports are blue. MEA is also considering changing the colour of passports. Name, father or legal guardian's name, mother's name, spouse's name and address are printed on the last page of Indian passport.

In addition to not having any details on the last page of the passport, the ministry has also made a decision to differentiate on the basis of ECR status of an individual.

Echoing Kumar's thoughts, JD Vaishampayan at the regional passport office in Pune told HT that there are a few changes in the pipeline and they "may happen soon". The MEA also plans to issue orange passports to holders who require emigration check.

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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.

After consulting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding compatibility of passport booklets minus the address and parents' names printed on 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 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.

The ministry examined the recommendation of the committee in consultation with concerned departments and ministries and came to a conclusion that the last page of the passport would remain blank.

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