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Passport changes: Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of bias against migrant workers

His reaction follows a decision by the External Affairs Ministry to not print the address of the holder on the last page of a passport

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference at AICC. Photo: PTI

on Sunday attacked the BJP-led Union over reports that passports may no longer serve as the holder's address proof, saying the decision shows the ruling party's "discriminatory mindset".

Gandhi said the move shows that the was treating India's migrant workers as "second-class citizens".

"Treating India's migrant workers like second-class citizens is completely unacceptable. This action demonstrates BJP's discriminatory mindset," the tweeted.

His reaction follows a decision by the to not print the address of the holder on the last page of a passport, effectively meaning that the may no longer serve as a valid proof of address.

The last page of passports include the name of the father or the legal guardian, the names of the holder's mother, spouse and their address.

"As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport," an MEA statement read.

The recommendations of a three-member panel, comprising officials from the and the Women and Child Development Ministry, were accepted and it was decided that the last page of passports and other issued under the Passports Act, 1967, and Passport Rules, 1980, "would no longer be printed", it said.

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 14:51 IST