Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over proposed passport changes
With the Centre's decision to remove the last page from passports and introduce other changes, Rahul Gandhi said that the move demonstrates the BJP's "discriminatory mindset" and would relegate migrant workers to "second class citizens".
Rahul Gandhi slams government over proposed passport changes
What the Ministry of External Affairs plans to do
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) recently announced its decision to remove the last page from passports which contain information related to a passport-holder's family, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) status etc.
The MEA also announced a new, orange passport for holders with an ECR status. Non-ECR passport-holders would continue to get blue passports.
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What is ECR and why the Centre's move is "discriminatory"
Emigration Check Required (ECR) is a category for applicants who have not completed the 10th standard in school but are looking to go abroad to work in one among a group of 18 countries, most of them in the Gulf.
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