Govt Drops Plan Orange, Passports to Stay Blue

The Ministry of External Affairs has withdrawn its proposal to introduce orange colour passports for those who have not passed their 10th grade.

The move follows barely a day after being served notice by Kerala HC for “discriminatory” order.

The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Antony Dominic and Justice Seshadri Naidu on Monda had issued notices to both Central govt and Passport Authority of India questioning the logic behind two different colours to passport.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) filed by Kollam natives Adv Shasudeen Karunagapally and co-petitioner Shajahan.

The petition argued that orange jacket to passports of non-matriculates invades fundamental right to privacy and dignity. It also violates principles of equality and lays the vulnerable to exploitation and susceptible to suspicion by law enforcement agencies in the countries of their travel.

Emigration check is essential for non-matriculates and those with less than taxable income. And the Centre earlier claimed that a different colour passport(orange)  will help migrant workers stand out in difficult situations and get easy aid to process their documents.

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