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Soon, passports will not be address proof

Soon, passports will not be address proof”

Passports are, and have been for a while now, considered to be the ultimate proof of address and residency.

The government decision to do away with the last page of passports is likely to give a big push to the Aadhaar Cards.

Currently, the first page of the passport has the photograph, the name of the citizen as well as other details and the address is printed on the last page.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday announced major changes to the Indian passport accepting recommendations of a "three-member committee" which was constituted in July 2016 and it submitted its report in September 2016. The committee reviewed the things which said that the name of the father can be removed from the passport.

The ministry of external affairs will issue those people requiring emigration checks orange colour passports.

While the address will not be printed in the last page, it will still have to be entered while applying for a new passport, and consequently, police will carry out the necessary verification of address. The information will still be stored in the system of the MEA, so it will not affect the government.

Also, an official from passport office Pune said that "some changes may happen soon".

After consulting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding compatibility of passport booklets minus the last page, with Machine Readable Travel Documents, the MEA concluded 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 last page of the Indian passport includes names of the father or legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address. The statement came even as it was declared that the passports for the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category will be issued with orange jackets. The passport now also comes with a barcode, which when scanned pulls out all the details of the individual.

As has always been the case when a new series is issued, all existing passports will remain valid till their expiry date.



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