New passport with biometric data in microchip

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The reaction comes in the wake of a decision by the Ministry of External Affairs to not print the address of the holder on the last page of a passport, denoting that the travel document will no longer serve the additional goal of a residential proof.

The orange passport will be issued to those who belong to the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category, while the blue one to the rest. However, the requisite information will still be stored in the system of the external affairs ministry, so it will not affect the government's working. However, the ministry has not confirmed a date for issuing the new passports. The passport now also comes with a barcode, which when scanned pulls out all the details of the individual.

Applicants who haven't cleared 10th standard are given a passport with ECR category.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked the BJP-led Union government over reports that passports may no longer serve as the holder's address proof, saying the decision shows the ruling party's "discriminatory mindset". Hence, no longer the passport can be used for verifying your address.

Passports are now issued in three colours - government officers are issued white passport, diplomats issued red passports and all others are blue.

If the Ministry says yes to the plan, then the changes may be applicable from next series onwards and the current passports will remain valid, reported HT. The new format passport will be issued on renewal.

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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. As of now, everyone except diplomatic and official passports, have blue covers.

India has made a decision to do away with the last page of the passport that contains the names of the spouse, parents and address of the passport-holder. These are all included in the first page of the passport booklet.

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