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Lotus on passports part of security feature, other national symbols to be used on rotation: MEA

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, 'This symbol is our national flower and is part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports.'

Published: 12th December 2019 07:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2019 07:10 PM   |  A+A-

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A day after Opposition members in Lok Sabha raised the issue of lotus being printed on new passports, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said it was part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports and involves using other national symbols as well on rotation.

Raising this issue of lotus being printed on new passports brought for distribution in Kozhikode in Kerala during the Zero Hour, M K Raghavan of the Congress said the matter has been highlighted by one of the newspapers and alleged that this was "further saffronisation" of the government establishment with the lotus being the election symbol of the BJP.

Asked about the issue, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "This symbol is our national flower and is part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports."

These security features have been introduced as part of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines, he said.

"Apart from the Lotus, other national symbols will be used on rotation. Right now it is lotus and then next month there will be something else. These are symbols connected with India such as national flower or national animal," he said.



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  • Anne

    Any initiative by Government to use new Symbols for identification and security purpose is most welcome. Also should ensure that whichever symbol or logo used Officially at national or state levels by the Central and State Governments should not be used as political party symbols or for any other purpose of electoral and canvassing or campaigning with public and media. Election Commission of India shall ensure granting permission for use of symbols as per norms laid on conducting elections at any level such as nationwide
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