After the Opposition members in the Lok Sabha spoke against the issue of lotus being printed on the new passports, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday claimed that the printing of lotus on the passport was being done for security purposes and also to identify fake passports. The ministry further said that other national symbols will also be used on rotation for the same.
The new passports which have been brought in to be distributed in Kozhikode region in Kerala during the Zero Hour, MK Raghavan of the Congress said that it was ‘further saffronisation’ of the government as the lotus is the election symbol of the BJP.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar said “This symbol is our national flower and is part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports.”
Raveesh Kumar further added that these security measures are a part of the International Civil Aviation organization guidelines.
Raveesh Kumar 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 a national flower or national animal.”