The Ministry of External Affairs had announced in the first week of January that passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status, that is those who have not passed 10th grade at school, would soon be issued orange passports.
Acting upon a PIL, Hon’ble High Court of Kerala on 29 January issued a notice to the Central Government. The said PIL contended the decision to have two different colour passports for educated and non-educated persons is arbitrary and discriminatory.
Soon after the notice, The Ministry of External Affairs on 30 January has withdrawn its proposal to introduce different colour passports, based on educational qualifications.
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