Ministry of External Affairs withdrew different colour Passports proposal after notice by Kerala High Court

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Soon after the notice, The Ministry of External Affairs on 30 January has withdrawn its proposal to introduce different colour passports, based on educational qualifications.

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Saumya Snehal

Saumya Snehal is a 3rd year BBA LLB student at Chanakya National Law University. Always a bibliophile, she loves to read, research and write on anything and everything legal. She has a insatiable appetite for knowledge and explores the same through indulging in various internships so that to constantly grow and become a better version of herself. She especially has an interest in corporate law and social legislations.

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