Passports may come without information on the last page

While the address will not be printed in the last page, it will still have to be entered while applying for a new passport, and consequently, police will carry out the necessary verification of address.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2018 11:45 am
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.

Passports may soon not have the information printed on the last page, including names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address. However, they will still be available in the government database, and can be read by authorities through the barcode in the passport. A decision to this effect has been taken by the government in a bid to minimise information available on the passport. This, officials said, is in line with international standards.

While the address will not be printed in the last page, it will still have to be entered while applying for a new passport, and consequently, police will carry out the necessary verification of address.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a statement, “A three-member Committee comprising 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. 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.”

“The Ministry has examined the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization 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,” he said. “…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,” he said, adding that existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet.

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  1. Atish Bakshi
    Jan 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    ECR holders generally are not literate people . Imagine them standing in que along with blue passport holders and feeling inferior. This is utter discrimination. And imagine officers misbehaving with them. This is bound to happen. This government should not put people at more difficulties just for the sake of their love for orange color.
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    1. Abraham K
      Jan 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm
      This reminds me of Orwell's "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". A passport is only a proof citizenship. Now we have two types of citizens - some with ECNR and some without. No other country has such a system. This Buffoons and Jokers party is s-c-r-e-w-ing up all the systems.
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    2. Muftkhor By Choice
      Jan 13, 2018 at 10:20 am
      It's a great reform. Passports are a proof of citizenship and not address proof. People had to.change.address everytime.you shifted.
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      1. LUGDAA Times Editor
        Jan 13, 2018 at 9:16 am
        It could be cause of great inconvenience to those who only proof of address is passport,i.e. NRIs. Most of them do not possess any other document than passport which could be used as a proof of address. Its most likely that their Indian drivers license has expired while living overseas, they do have valid voters ID, they can not have aadhar card and passport remain only valid proof of address for NRIs. Comparing selectively with other countries passport is not appropriate, as most countries do not have such a cumbersome and onerous system.
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        1. Abraham K
          Jan 13, 2018 at 9:01 am
          Passports with ECR status will be saffron in colour. They are misleading by saying that they would be orange in colour. Yak!
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          1. Zayn Zui
            Jan 13, 2018 at 11:55 am
            Once your status changes form ECR or ECNR you have to apply for new passport?Strange. This BJP Government is really Unique.Burning issues not solved non-issues highlighted and attention diverted of Indian Citizens.
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            1. Abraham K
              Jan 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm
              Through that the Govt makes more money from the public while creating as much inconvenience as possible. This seems to be the main objective of every change that this Govt is making.
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            2. Blogan Blogara
              Jan 15, 2018 at 6:21 am
              They are waiting to complete saffron color work on UP toilets, once it is finish the will start giving color on passport :)
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