In addition to this, the government also announced to issue orange-jacketed passports to those who seek immigration.
"As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with orange passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport," an MEA statement read.
The changes did not go well with Congress President Rahul Gandhi who criticised the move as "discriminatory" and slammed the government for treating India's migrant workers as "second-class citizens".
"Treating India's migrant workers like second-class citizens is completely unacceptable. This action demonstrates BJP's discriminatory mindset," the Congress president tweeted.
Treating India's migrant workers like second class citizens is completely unacceptable. This action demonstrates BJP’s discriminatory mindset.https://t.co/6iiOy2rPKC