Kerala High Court issued notice to Central government and Passport Authority of India on the issue of orange coloured passports.
Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs decided that those Indians who need Emigration Check while leaving India will now be issued orange coloured passports while those who don't require Emigration Check will continue to be issued the regular blue passport.
The MEA decided to introduce some radical new changes in its passport policy. The last page of the passport which usually has a person's familial details as well as address details will be done away with.
India is the largest supplier of migrant labour to the world. There are more than 60 lakh migrant Indian labour in the Middle East. UAE alone accounts for close to 30 lakh migrant labour.
India is also the largest recipient of remittances. Migrant Indian labour sent close to 70 billion USD in the last year alone.
The state of Kerala alone gets more than Rs 1 lakh crore in remittances from migrant Malayali labour. No wonder there has been outrage in Kerala over this double coloured passport move.