After Facing Criticism, Government Scraps Decision to Print Orange Passports

External Affairs Ministry announced the reversal of decision.

After Facing Criticism, Government Scraps Decision to Print Orange Passports
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India is a diverse country. Every day we come across people from different walks of life who have a different way of looking at things. However, we also have a vast gap of division between the rich and poor, that saddens me the most. 

Recently, the Indian Foreign Ministry decided to formulate a new set of rules. They came up with a rule to ensure that people who undergo emigrant checks will have orange passports. However, they later rolled back the decision, after facing criticism. 

"After comprehensive discussions with the various stakeholders, the Foreign Ministry has decided to continue with the current practice of printing of the last page of the passport and not to issue a separate passport with orange colour jacket to ECR passport holders," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a statement.

Let's read about it in detail. 

Our traditional passports 

Our traditional passports 

A traditional Indian passport is blue in colour but a recent news suggests some changes in the formulation and its design that might change for a few set of people. 

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These labours suffer excessive existential and identity crisis when they are away from their family and in the recent past, many cases have come to light of labourers being mistreated by employers. So, to make them stand out, the government decided to have separate passport colour for them.  

The new passport

The new passport
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To protect the workers, Indian government grants them clearance but just so that they get a different identity, their passport design has been changed. 

The government thinks that this will be an advantage for them

The government thinks that this will be an advantage for them
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The thought behind is to avoid false treatment and human trafficking. If the passports will be different, the security at the airport and forces at borders would know which person requires more attention and who is more prone to threats of getting exploited. 

"However well-intentioned the move to create different coloured passports for different kinds of travellers, it is wrong and must be reconsidered. Already officials treat citizens differently based on their class… Different passport colours will worsen it," Nitin Pai, director of a Bangalore-based public policy wrote on Twitter.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj reviewed the decision after a spate of protests and representations

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj reviewed the decision after a spate of protests and representations
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That's all people. 

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