India does away with last page of passport

Saturday, January 13, 2018

India has decided to do away with the last page of the passport that contains the names of the spouse, parents and address of the passport-holder while changing the colour of ECR passports, largely availed of by unskilled workers seeking employment abroad, the External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

Responding to queries, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that a three-member committee comprising officials of his ministry and the Ministry of Women and Child Development was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mother or child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport and also relating to passport issues to children with single parent and to adopted children.

"The report of the committee has been accepted by the ministry," Kumar said.

He said that one of the recommendations of the committee was that the External Affairs Ministry should explore the possibility of doing away with the printing of information contained in the passport such as names of father or legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address contained in the last page of the passport.

"The ministry has examined the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with various stakeholders, examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (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 also contains information such Emigration Check Required (ECR) and old passport number with date and place of issue of that passport.

"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," Kumar said.

ECR passport holders require clearance from the Protector General of Emigrants to go abroad in order to prevent exploitation.

The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, will be designing the new passport booklets 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 existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet," Kumar confirmed.

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Monday, January 15, 2018
Last page of the passport would not be printed However, Authorities can scan and read all the information including relations and address from the passport.

Gyana Prakash
Monday, January 15, 2018
Vandhey Baratam,
I think there is no need for Indians, to apply for Petition in specially those who are living outside Bharat is called NRI and they are the one who is going to face more problem abroad and in India, our Embassy and Ambassador is responsible to solve this Issue.

We as a common Indians, Living abroad should have a Registered Domain in India.
to upload our requirements from Indian Government.

We Indians from Kuwait can Form a New Association and create a Domain name to solve the Problems Faced by Indians Abroad.
Jai Kisan,
Jai Hind.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018
Can someone with very well grammar file a petition at with all the negative points we would face with this passport change and we all could support you to fight against it. Thank you.

Gyana Prakash
Monday, January 15, 2018
I am extremely worrying about the degrading of HinduStaan, which has proved to the world what is Identity,

only those who has a baseless birth will take decision to destroy the one who is able to Identify.

Indian Currency which is used by Indian Republic was changed by a single Person in a Night, ( in the New Currency Mr.Gandhi is walking DandiMarch towards Left.) Compare the old and new Currency to confirm.

3 Person Committee wants to change the Indian Passport which is used by Indian Republic as a Traveling Document to visit other countries, so In case of accident and Death, the Dead body can be used for Transplantation in Foreign Land by Embassy because it belongs to Indian Embassy without Relatives Name and Address.

May the Ruling Government take Permission from the other Countries before spending our VAT / Poor Indian Citizens, - Human Rights Money. in Printing and destroying our old and new passports.

Jai Hind,
Bharat Mathaa Ki Jai.

"Bharathi is a Lion the one who come to Rule Bharath should not be Wolf."

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Wrong Move by Government. This will create problem to those who are residing abroad. Take action for amending

Sunday, January 14, 2018
What is happening in Passport Office ?
All the information are very much needed in the passport.
The relationship between siblings can be proved through this page only.
If names of parents are same in both passports of brother and sister, their relationship is proved without any confusion.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Wrong move by the Govt

Jacob Mathew
Sunday, January 14, 2018
All the registered indian associations in kuwait join hand and should raise the issue of not printing the last page in the passport with Indian Embassy. Indian Embassy is well aware the importance of information mentioned on this page. Certain affidavit is made out based on the information on this page.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Racist decision to call certain people illiterates on first look? Sickening.
The last page is the best address proof and because of parents name one time for kids visa renewal I was saved an extra trip.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Deleting address is good because person shifts, but please replace address with the Mobile Number.
Keep the name of the Father, Mother & Spouse. This is very good to identify the person without searching other documents.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
all you forgot the biggest CATCH OF ALL.... in the absence of all information of the last page, now you will need attested affidavit for each relation or address or any other details....and for that purpose all Indian Embassies throughout the world will charge FAT FEES!!! HAHAHA.....WHAT AN IDEA SIRJI.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
No Use of all these. Instead try to resolve the problems of expats. This Govt is not doing any creative ,effective work instead doing some useless things .

Very Insane step
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Please let me know what about the immigration papers I have already applied to USA/canada - there as a son on my PP they see that the parents name are same shown in my passport ..
Then what about bringing my immediate family to kuwait -- for my brother and my parents they see the same family and parents name is appearing in my passport.... Then for my sister her surname is changed but on her last page passport the parents name and my passport last page both parent name appear and so the immigration in kuwait give the visit visa approval fast ...
I do know what wrong is happening in our present Indian Government--Please concentrate in eradicating poverty , helping the orphans and old aged , building new infrastructure roads,educational , creating more jobs for the youth , water , solve the farmers crisis , building new relaxable airlines , trains , mono rail and underground sub way trains .. develop our country first of course this development resource is from the tax payers . you just supervise honestly and get India on the right track first .. First develop our inside HOME first then poke the nose outside issue later ....

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Instead make a digital passport.

James Kacheripady
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Another immature laughable decision from the Government. I am sad to accentuate again that INCOMPETENCE in governance is widely prevalent. Starting from Finance, almost 70% of Modiji's key admin team should be replaced with seasoned professionals that experienced INDIA inside out. Why ORANGE Color? Rather, that could be RED like that of UK's? Yes, again an attempt to please RSS with Saffron? Many of us voted BJP to power to have a great PM like Vajpayeeji but are 100% disappointed now. NDA-1 was an ideal dream BJP Government with great statesmen like Vajpayeeji. NDA-2 is a failure further leads India to a great divide. Seems, now the Corporates make decisions in India. Gujarat gave us a great leader Ghandiji to unite diversified India ? Now our KEY Gujarati leaders cause grave divide? Gujarathi businessmen loot and plunder India in a legalized way. When Indian economy suffers, they doubled their earnings with Government support.
God Save India.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
...and I thought that was the most important page for us NRIs. What exactly is the benefit of leaving this page in blank?
Can the Govt.of India revert back please.

Jaffer Bhai
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Worst kind of goons are governing India. 70 years of hard work is wasted by those goons in last three years. Chaddi gang is hell bent on destroying a great nation.

Jai Hind

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Mr. Ali...even we do understand English and properly followed the news...even if it is part of passport of orange still discriminates..the last page of passport was very helpful for visas for several countries, iqama and other works. You will see how much hassle you have to go without it in future atleast in the GCC countries...also as i said it was always very easy to trace the passport holders permanent was even safe for security purposes in a vast populated country like India.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Present passport is good, no need to do any changes.
it will be effect GCC contrary no graduate need to change color. preset color is good look good.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
good Job, reform is required everywhere, keep it up.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Many country don't have such information on passport. Orange passport is for safeguard of citizen to make sure that they pay the minimum insurance to cover any type of issue outside country.

Dr Rama Swamy
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Present Govt dont have Work, instead of Concentrating on Jobs, Inflation, Roads,Health Care , Education Etc Etc.Changes. Now We have to Make Family Members Certificate in order to Show The Relation.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Stupidity !!!!!, I am not surprise, if new passport comes with Bhagwa (kesarya)Color.

There are many issues in India that should be taken in the consideration, apart from this they are looking color changing, shameful.
As Mr. Mathew Philip quoted, No other country identifies their citizens in this manner as skilled and unskilled or between the educated and uneducated.
Is it Sab ka sath sabka Vikas?

Saturday, January 13, 2018
It seems no authority in the whole world is imposing any rule or regulation for the benefit of commoners these days.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Stupid government stupid decisions
Note ban worst decisions
GST worst decision
Play with EVM
Now play with Passport
Stupid stupid.....

Saturday, January 13, 2018
This is the most absurd decision taken by the Government of India.

Gangadhar Mekala
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Don't you think the last page was more beneficial for visa purposes for several countries...for UK visa you would not need a marriage certificate as the last page mentioned the spouse details...for us also in Kuwait it was very easy as parents name and spouse name was mentioned in the passport. Also in case any passport is lost or found, it was easy to trace the permanent address of the passport holder....i understand that they did not study the proposal keeping in mind the NRI's and the issues they would face without the last page...

Saturday, January 13, 2018
For those who saying "different colors for passport is clear discrimination"
Kindly read the news its says the passport holders with ECR status would be issued a passport with orange colour passport jacket
Not a different colour but just a Small part of passport with a colour to easily identify the difference

Saturday, January 13, 2018
In India every decision is taken in haste and later they realize what they did was wrong for e.g. adhaar cards. pls implement the law after careful study and debate, not just you feel and implement it without hearing the public opinion.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
It is wrong decision to remove details of father, mother and the adress of the home which is very important, In case if you lose your passport when there is address he contact you if somebody finds out. On the contrary they should also for safety mob and land line numbers,as this will help in locating the person who lost passport.Hope they will consider this guidelines.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
The decision taken by external ministry is totally an absurd one as enough homework was not done in this regard. 1. Colour descrimination is new thing which never seen in any progressive countries.
2. Omission of these details will create lots of trouble for people who wish to live out of India with family, as even visit visa is processed with relationship certificate which issuef by mission of that country.
3. Address is a effective information about the passport holder.
I don't understand why government is looking such issues when thousands of NRIs facing problems out of the country for eg. Kharafi employees.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
This new passport will not be useful for NRIs. Especially when applying for Visa, name of spouse & parents is useful for easy processing. Also different colors for passport is clear discrimination which should be avoided.

Mathew Philip
Saturday, January 13, 2018
This is one of the most absurd decisions taken in my opinion, due the following reasons:
1. Giving colours to the passport is very discriminatory to identify Indian citizens to the outside world as skilled and unskilled or between the educated and uneducated when we refuse to identify Indian citizens as high cast or low caste.
2. No other country identifies their citizens in this manner.
3. In case of an unforeseen event, the only way to inform the relatives, is through the address given in passport.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Dont you think the last page was more beneficial for visa purposes for several countries...for UK visa you would not need a marriage certificate as the last page mentioned the spouse details...for us also in Kuwait it was very easy as parents name and spouse name was mentioned in the passport..also in case any passport is lost or found, it was easy to trace the permanent address of the passport holder....i understand that they did not study the proposal keeping in mind the NRI's and the issues they would face without the last page...

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