To make sense of things for travelers who are caught under the snare of governmental guidelines, the External Affairs Ministry of India has decided that travel document will not have the address proof of the passport holder.
This decision was taken after the panel, comprising of official from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, said that “pertaining to passport applications including examination of where mother/child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport and also relating to passport issues of children with a single parent and that of adopted children”, the last page of the passport which previously included the father or the legal guardian’s name, the names of the holder’s mother, spouse and their address will not be there.
The ministry also said that the passport holders which require ECR (Emigration Check Required) will be provided with an orange passport while those that do not require to pass the ECR will get the normal blue passport. This move has prompted many activists to object the ministry’s decision as it highlights the social disparity in the country and segregates the poor.
Reports said that the Indian Security Press in Nasik will be designing the new passport booklet. “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 Indian MEA said.
For those who already possess the old passport, the MEA said that their passport will continue to remain valid until the date of expiry. There are currently three types of passports. Those that are government officials are issued white passport, red ones for diplomats and dark blue for others.