Soon passport will not be used as address proof

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Passports will soon stop serving as valid proof of address and the Government of India is expected to introduce a new format soon. In the case of ECR passport-holders, this status is provided on the same page. The MEA is considering keeping the last page of the passport, which now contains many details of the holder including the address, blank. The decision was taken based on recommendations of a three-member committee comprising officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Women and Child Development, said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, adding that they were examining calls to do away with the father's name in passports. The committee reviewed the things which said that the name of the father can be removed from the passport.

Under the changed system, those with ECR status would be issued orange passports, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

The new passports being printed will no longer have the last page with the holder's address - it will be blank instead.

The External affairs ministry is now considering the proposal and might take an official call on it soon.

The orange passport will be issued to those who belong to the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category, while the blue one to the rest. At present, most passports (expect for diplomats and government officials) have a blue cover.

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. The passport now also comes with a barcode, which when scanned pulls out all the details of the individual.

Media reports also claimed that the ministry is also considering to change the colours of the passports.

According to MEA, the Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course and until the final product is available the old formats will continue to remain operational.

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