In India, a passport is issued by the President of India for the objective of worldwide travel and serves as a legal proof of Indian citizenship as per the Passports Act (1967).
For the major part of my life, till Aadhaar came into the picture, it was the passport which helped me to authenticate my address and existence across the nation.
After examining the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, and the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding Machine Readable Travel Documents, the ministry decided 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. This would mean that the new passports will no longer be useful as a proof of address for various applications.
In an official statement, Kumar said that the decision was based on recommendations from a report submitted by a three-member panel of officials from MEA and Ministry of Women and Child Development.
According to the ministry, the decision to do away with this page was taken in view of concerns expressed by single parents and those with adopted children about the requirement of details of parents in the passport.
The "next series" of passports which would be issued will have the last page blank.
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But What About The Address?
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 details, albeit not printed, will be saved on official systems and remain accessible for immigration officials and concerned agencies by scanning a barcode present.
Echoing Kumar's thoughts, JD Vaishampayan at the regional passport office in Pune told HT that there are a few changes in the pipeline and they "may happen soon".
Regular Passport is categorised under ECR and ECNR - for those who require an emigration check, ECR is issued; for those who do not, get an ECNR. Government officers have a white passport, diplomats have issued red passports and all others are blue.
You need not worry on that front. However, it was abolished and the blue passports were introduced with the ECR stamps.
The MEA is considering issuing orange-coloured passports for people who are issued ECR passports. The new format passport will be issued on renewal.