ECR passport holders require clearance from the Protector General of Emigrants to go overseas in order to prevent exploitation. Name, father or legal guardian's name, mother's name, spouse's name and address are printed on the last page of Indian passport. This was stated by the MEA on Friday. The decision was taken after the committee gave its report to the MEA on an application from a single mother for her child's passport.
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 last page is where the passport-holder's address is mentioned and hence it might not work as a valid proof of address. The existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet, added the official release.
The Narendra Modi government, which usually prefers homogenisation, has chose to move to a two-colour format for personal passports: orange and the existing dark navy blue.
The Indian Security Press in Nasik will begin making the new passports soon, Kumar said, adding that until they are designed, manufactured and made available to the ministry, the last page will continue to have the details. Government officers are issued white passports, diplomats carry red ones and all others are issued blue ones.
The blue colour previously covered the ones who require emigration check (ECR) and those who do not (ECNR) but as per the recent developments, the former might have orange coloured passports to ease emigration process.
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.
JD Vaishampayan, an official at the regional passport office in Pune said that "some changes may happen soon", as reported in HT, and did not say much else.