After Rahul Gandhi, ex-Kerala CM Oommen Chandy slams government's orange passport proposal
Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has joined Congress President Rahul Gandhi in condemning government's proposed plan of issuing orange colour passports to those who have not passed class 10.
Currently, all Indian passports have blue cover execpt for diplomatic and official passports.
Chandy called this proposal discriminatory and said "No way this proposal should go forward. This is creating two different types of citizens, one with education and one without, discriminating Indians based on educational qualifications."
"If this becomes a reality, the moment an orange colour passport holder lands in a foreign country, he will be treated with disdain and it will have a telling impact on such people's character and individuality. This should not happen at all."
Chandy said he is totally against dividing citizens on the basis of their education and it is the last thing that should happen in the country.
"If in Kerala, according to our studies, around 15 per cent of the 2.5 million Kerala diaspora haven't qualified Class 10, in other big states it would be more than 50 per cent .
While slamming the proposal, Rahul Gandhi tweeted "Treating India's migrant workers like second class citizens is completely unacceptable. This action demonstrates BJP's discriminatory mindset."
Treating India's migrant workers like second class citizens is completely unacceptable. This action demonstrates BJP’s discriminatory mindset.https://t.co/6iiOy2rPKC— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 14, 2018
Apart from the proposal to issue an orange colour passport, the foreign ministry also plans to remove the last page of passports which includes address and emigration status of the passport holder.
The foreign ministry's decision was announced last week. It also included a plan to do away with the last page of passports, which includes address and emigration status of the passport holder.
"As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, passport holders with ECR status would be issued a passport with orange colour passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport," foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said on Friday.