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MEA to continue the practice of printing the last page of passport

Following the criticism and memorandum by many people and organisation, the Ministry of External Affairs has decided to roll back the decision to stop printing the last page and issuing separate orange jacket passports.

Notably, On January 12, 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. MEA also took the decision to issue a passport with an orange colour jacket to passport holders with ECR status, with a view to help and assist them on the priority basis.

According to an official communique, the MEA has received several individuals and collective representations requesting to reconsider these two decisions. At a meeting chaired by Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, on 29th January in the presence of General (Retd.) VK Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, the decision of the MEA on both these issues were 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 an orange colour jacket to ECR passport holders.

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