Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) took the decision of issuing orange passports to people with ECR Status in order to assist them on priority basis. The MEA received individual and collective representations requesting them to reconsider this decision. On January 29, 2018, a meeting was conducted by the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. The meeting was attended by General (Retd.) Dr. V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs as well. The participants reviewed the representations and came to a consensus of continuing printing of the last page of the passport and not issuing orange passports to ECR passport holders.