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Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over proposed passport changes

14 Jan 2018 | By Shiladitya Ray
Rahul Gandhi slams government over proposed passport changes

Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed the Modi government after the Centre suggested that passports may no longer serve as valid address proofs.

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".

In context: Rahul Gandhi slams government over proposed passport changes

14 Jan 2018Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over proposed passport changes

Rahul Gandhi slams the Centre's move

What the Ministry of External Affairs plans to do

Proposed changesWhat 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.

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.