- The decision follows the report of a 3-member committee
- The last page of the passport will be blank in the new version
- The new passports will be designed by the Indian Security Press
A few passports will also turn orange. Those who require emigration checks may be issued passports with an orange cover to speed up the process at the airports, officials say.
The decisions follow a report by a joint panel of foreign ministry and Women and Child Development ministry officials who examined calls for doing away with the father's name in the passport and also to protect the details of the citizen.
The report has been accepted, a foreign ministry spokesperson said today. The last page of the passport, which also includes emigration status, will be blank in the new series. The information will still be stored in the system of the external affairs ministry, so it will not affect the government's working.
Passports currently are issued in three colours. Government officers have a white passport, diplomats are issued red passports and all other passports are blue.
The new passports will be designed by the Indian Security Press, Nasik, and will be handed after the existing ones expire.