The passport holders with ECR status would be issued a passport with orange colour passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport.
Surendra Kumar, who is the Under-Secretary of Policy and Legal Matters at the Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed this development.
According to Indian Express, MEA is considering keeping the last page of the passport, which now contains many details of the holder including the address, blank. At present, most passports (expect for diplomats and government officials) have a blue cover.
This comes as the foreign ministry announced that the last page of the passport will not contain details like the address, father's name and the name of the mother or spouse.More news: West Ham boss Moyes sends worrying message to the fans
However, sources said that application forms for new booklets would continue to capture the data regarding parents and postal addresses as mentioned in the passport holders' previous booklets.
On the issue of the passport being used as address proof, there has been no comment or reaction from Ministry of External Affairs.
The reason lies in the fact that the passport office, security agencies and immigration department have all the details (of the passport holder) they need in the back-end.
"Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the ministry by ISP, Nashik, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page", the MEA said.More news: What Makes Intrepid Potash Inc (IPI) A Compelling Stock?
The history of passport dates back to approximately 450 BC when King Artaxerxes I of Persia issued a letter to an official named Nehemiah for travelling beyond his country to Judea, the modern day Israel.
The statement came even as it was declared that the passports for the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category will be printed with orange jackets.
JD Vaishampayan, an official at the regional passport office in Pune said that "some changes may happen soon", as reported in HT, and did not say much else. The decision has been taken after the government mulled over it for sometime.More news: Making the US a pariah