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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan opposes two different colours for passports

"The decision will discriminate between ordinary workers and educated ones," Vijayan said

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan at Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday Photo: PTI

Chief Minister today asked the Centre to "rectify" its decision to allot two different colours for passports, saying it amounted to violation of the Fundamental Right to Equality guaranteed to a citizen under the constitution.

In a post, said Articles 14 to 18 explain about a citizen's right to equality and treats all citizens as equal.

As per a (MEA) statementrecently, passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with orange passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport.

"The decision will discriminate between ordinary workers and educated ones," said.

This would lead to a situation wherein those who have not passed the tenth standard would be considered as second class citizens, Vijayan said.

With regard to the decision not to mention family details, including address of passport holders in the last page of the passport, Vijayan said such a passport cannot be used an authentic document for address proof.

A majority of persons going abroad from the country were ordinary workers including those who have not completed tenth standard, he said.

"You can see such persons even in business community .. if separate colour passport is issued to them and they go abroad, it would create an impression that they are second class citizens," he said.

They might even loss the job opportunity, he said.

The Centre should "rectify" its decision considering the seriousness of discriminating between its citizens, Vijayan said.

Till now, Indian citizens were given blue coloured passports with the exception of diplomatic and official passports which have red and white covers, respectively.

First Published: Tue, January 16 2018. 19:16 IST