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13 January 2018, 05:12 | Glen Norman
Latest india news New Passports To Be Single Parent Friendly Will Not Be Proof Of Address
This means the all-important document may no longer serve as an address proof in the near future.
After examining International Civil Aviation Organisation's guidelines regarding machine-readable travel documents, MEA decided that the last page of the passport booklet will no longer be printed.
The ministry of external affairs (MEA) wants to discontinue with the practice of printing address on the last page of passport it issues to the citizens, according to this NDTV report. The committee reviewed the things which said that the name of the father can be removed from the passport.
Surendera Kumar, under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of MEA told Hindustan Times that the ministry was thinking over the plan and it could be implemented when the "next series" of passports are issued. The information will still be stored in the system of the external affairs ministry, so it will not affect the government's working.
The blue colour previously covered the ones who require emigration check (ECR) and those who do not (ECNR) but as per the recent developments, the former might have orange coloured passports to ease emigration process.
The government on Friday made a decision to discontinue the last page of the passport, containing information about parents, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and old passport details.
Also, an official from passport office Pune said that "some changes may happen soon". Government officers have a white passport, diplomats have issued red ones and all others are blue.
Applicants who haven't cleared 10th standard are given a passport with ECR category. There could be some more changes in the passport like colour scheme.
The Ministry also informed that the Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course.
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