The government of India has discarded its decision of issuing orange passports to people who haven’t appeared or cleared their 10th standard exams. It will continue printing the valid address proof present in the passport’s last page.
The minister of foreign affairs said in a statement that the decision has been taken to go on with the present system of printing the passport’s last page. There would be no issuance of a different passport where the applicant has to wear an orange colored jacket for emigration clearance requirement. At present, 3 different colored passports are issued. Common people have blue color, red passport is given to diplomats and white to government officials.
The changes were declared in the beginning of this month; but Mrs. Sushma Swaraj assessed the decision following a wave of protest.
Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry commented that after all-inclusive discussion with several stakeholders, the ministry of foreign affairs has taken the decision to carry on with what is being practiced currently and not other colored passport would be issued.
According to the government, the orange colored passports were intended to safeguard helpless laborers to get exploited abroad. But, including the critics and the opposition party president, Rahul Gandhi criticized the act and said different colored passport would bring discrimination against illiterate workers and the poor.
Emigration Check Required shortened as ECR, is a category for applicants who are going abroad to work, without finishing school. They require a certificate for immigration clearance from Protector General of Emigrants before they leave India.
As indicated in the latest report by United Nations on International Migration, India has the maximum number of populace born in India now living abroad. As of 2017, their number is 17 million in total, who send approximately 69 billion dollars annually to their homes, as per the reports of World Bank.