MEA reverses decision to issue Orange passports for ECR category…

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(Online Desk)

After facing flak over the decision to issue Orange jacket passports for the ECR category, ministry of External Affairs has reversed the decision and will continue the existing practise of printing of the last page of the passport, news agency ANI has reported.

The passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with orange passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport, an MEA statement had said earlier this month.

The recommendations of a three-member panel, comprising officials from the external affairs ministry and the women and child development ministry, were accepted and it was decided that the last page of passports and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967, and Passport Rules, 1980, “would no longer be printed”, the MEA had also said.

However this decision faced flak with the opposition alleging the move amounts to discrimination. A Petition was also filed in the Kerala High Court challenging the orange passport decision and the court had sought the Centre’s view.

Now the MEA has decided against their earlier decision.

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