New Indian passports will no longer have the address and information like the names of father, mother, spouse, and emigration check status. The last page, which has these details, will be done away with after a recommendation by a three-member panel, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday.
Passports will thus also come in two colours, depending on the Emigration Check Required (ECR) status. Passports with the ECR status will come in a new orange colour while the Non-ECR passports will continue to be blue in colour, a ministry spokesperson said.
Since the last page will no longer be printed, it is likely that passports will also cease being a proof of address.
Recommendation On New Indian Passports
The panel of officials, drawn from the MEA and the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) examined, among other issues, applications where a mother or child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport.
It also looked at the issue of passports to children with a single parent and to adopted children.
“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,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
The Ministry examined the recommendation in consultation with the various stakeholders. It also 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 spokesperson said.
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.
Indian Passports In Two Colours
“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,” said the ministry.
The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the booklets for the new Indian passports 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 ministry has said.
“The existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet,” the spokesperson clarified.