A day after Opposition members in the Lok Sabha raised the issue of lotus being printed on new passports, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said it was part of enhanced security features to identify fake passports and involves using other national symbols as well on rotation.
Raising the issue of lotus being printed on new passports brought for distribution in Kozhikode in Kerala during Zero Hour, M K Raghavan of the Congress said the matter was highlighted by a newspaper and alleged that this was “further saffronisation” of the government establishment with the lotus being the election symbol of the BJP.
Asked about the issue, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “This symbol is our national flower and is part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports.” These security features have been introduced as part of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines, he said.
“Apart from the lotus, other national symbols will be used on rotation. Right now it is lotus, then next month there will be something else. These are symbols connected with India such as the national flower or national animal,” he said.
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