New passports to drop parents' names, address

New passports to drop parents' names, address

New passports to drop parents' names, address

Indian passports will no longer contain information about the holder on the last page, and those with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with an orange jacket, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on January 12.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday had said that those holding ECR status will be issued a passport with orange colour passport jacket, and those without ECR status will continue to get a blue passport. Diplomatic Passport has a Maroon cover and is issued to Indian diplomats.

The Indian Security Press, Nashik, will have to design the new passport booklets to the altered specifications finalised by the ministry. The passport now also comes with a barcode, which when scanned pulls out all the details of the individual.

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As of now, the last page of the passport showcases the address, while the first page has the photograph and name.

However, sources said that application forms for new booklets of current passport holders will continue to capture the data regarding parents and postal addresses as mentioned in their previous booklets. The last page contains information such as the names of the Father, Mother, Spouse, Address, ECR and old passport number with date and place of issue of the holder of the passport. Hence, no longer the passport can be used for verifying your address.

The government has chose to change the colour of passport to orange for Indians who are wishing to migrate.

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The history of passport dates back to approximately 450 BC when King Artaxerxes I of Persia issued a letter to an official named Nehemiah for travelling beyond his country to Judea, the modern day Israel.

The existing passports will remain valid till they expire and will be replaced by a new one. In the case of ECR passport-holders, this status is provided on the same page. Government officers have a white passport, diplomats are issued red passports and all other passports are blue.

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