A message is going viral on social media claiming that Indian government has removed the Nationality column from Indian passports.
”LEGAL UPDATE MODI GOVT NEY PASSPORTS SEY ‘NATIONALITY INDIAN’
Ki COLUMN NIKALWADIYA HAI ISLIYE APNEY PURANEY PASSPORTS KO DESTROY NA KARE AUR SAMBHAL KAR RAKHEY. YE MESSAGE DUSRAON TAK BHI ZARUR PAHONCHAIYE
ADVOCATE SYED ETEMAD UDDIN”, the Facebook & Twitter posts claimed.
(Translation: Legal update. Modi government has removed the Nationality column from Indian passports. Please make sure, you do not destroy or lose your old passports. Share this message with your friends and family.)
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be FAKE.
On running a keyword search, we couldn’t find any credible report from any media agency supporting the claim.
Upon checking the Passport Seva Kendra website, we did not find any notification by the Ministry of External Affairs which is responsible for the issuance of passports in India.
On further investigation, we noted that Nationality is still being asked in the passport application form that is available on the Passport Seva Kendra website.
Moreover, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also confirmed to NewsMobile that Centre has made no changes in the Indian passport.
This proves that the claim is FAKE.
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