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NEW DELHI: The polity has decided to keep the last page of the permission blank in keeping with the recommendations of a committee set up to look into, among other issues, requests by single mothers that the name of the father not be mentioned in their child's permission.
The last page of the permission currently lists the names of father/legal guardian, mother, spouse, address, and whether the holder is in the 'Emigration Check Required (ECR)' category. With the last page blank, permissions will most likely cease to be a valid address proof.

Under the changed system, those with ECR status would be issued orange permissions, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) expressed in a message.

"A three-member committee comprising the officials of the MEA and the ministry of women and child development was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to permission applications where mother/child had insisted that the name of the father not be mentioned in the permission, and also relating to permissions issued to children with a single parent and to adopted children," the MEA added.

The report has been accepted by the MEA. One of the recommendations was that the MEA explore the possibility of doing away with the printing of information now found on the last page. "The ministry has examined the recommendation... and decided that the last page of the permission and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967, and Passport Rules, 1980, would no longer be printed," the MEA said.

The Indian Security Press at Nashik, will design the new permissions.

Existing permissions remain valid till the date of expiry printed on them.



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