Soon passports will cease to be valid address proof
In photo: An Indian passenger holds up her passport. Photograph: (AFP)
Passport is considered the biggest address proof in India. But that might change in the near future as the Ministry of External Affairs is considering a proposal to do away with the last page of the document.
A government release said that the MEA is considering a proposal to keep blank the last page of the passport, which currently contains many details of the holder including the address.
The government had constituted a three-member committee to look into various aspects associated with the passport booklet. The committee submitted a report which was accepted by the MEA, the release said.
One of the recommendations of the committee was that the Ministry of External Affairs should explore the possibility of doing away with the printing of information contained in the passport booklet such as names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address on the last page of the passport.
"A three-member committee comprising of the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mother/child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport and also be relating to passport issues to children with single parent and to adopted children," the release said.
The ministry has examined the recommendation of the committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, examined the guidelines of the international civil aviation organization regarding machine-readable travel documents and 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.