India shelves orange passport plan after protests

31 Jan 2018
POSTED BY Y Magazine

A move to issue Orange coloured passports for unskilled workers migrating to Emigration Clearance Required countries has been dropped by the Indian government.

According to a press note issued today, a decision was taken by the Ministry of External Affairs on the recommendations of a three Member Committee comprising officials of MEA and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, not to print the last page of Passport Booklet.

The MEA also took the decision to issue a passport with orange colour jacket to passport holders with ECR status, with a view to help and assist them on priority basis.

The MEA has received several individual and collective representations requesting to reconsider these two decisions.

At a meeting chaired by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, on 29th January, 2018, in the presence of General (Retd.) Dr. V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, the decision of the MEA on both these issues was reviewed in the light of these representations.

After comprehensive discussions with the various stakeholders, the MEA has decided to continue with the current practice of printing of the last page of the passport and not to issue a separate passport with orange colour jacket to ECR passport holders.

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