Passport rules undergo change, no last page, color codes for ECR
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 12, Jan 2018, 16:34 pm IST | UPDATED: 12, Jan 2018, 16:39 pm IST
Ministry of External Affairs in conjunction with Ministry of Women and Child Development have finally taken a decision in favour of single mothers and other estranged women to amke sweeping changes in the Indian Passport.
Ministry of External Affairs will do away with the last page of the passport. MEA official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said a three-member Committee comprising of the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mother/child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport and also relating to passport issues to children with single parent and to adopted children. He further informed, 'The Report of the Committee had been accepted by the Ministry. One of the recommendations of the Committee was that the Ministry of External Affairs should explore the possibility of doing away with the printing of information contained in the Passport Booklet such as names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address contained in the last page of the passport.
Kumar clarified, 'The Ministry has examined the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding Machine Readable Travel Documents and decided 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 last page contains information such the name of the Father, Mother, Spouse, Address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and old passport number with date and place of issue of the holder of the passport.
As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR status would be issued a passport with orange colour passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport.
The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course. Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the Ministry by ISP, Nashik, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page.
The existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet.'