No India- Bangladesh passports from Nov 30

KOLKATA
The Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Kolkata under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has decided not to issue fresh India-Bangladesh Passports (IBP) after Nov 30, an official said here. The service has existed for 41 years. The IBPs already issued would remain valid till the expiry of their duration.

“After Nov 15 no fresh application for the IBP would be accepted and no fresh IBP would be issued after Nov 30,” a top Tripura government official told IANS. “As per the Revised Travel Arrangements (RTA) between India and Bangladesh signed on Jan 28 this year, it has been decided by the MEA to discontinue issuance of IBP with effect from Nov 30,” the official said, quoting a notification of the RPO.

He added that the RPO has already informed all the state governments concerned that no IBPs would be issued after Nov 30. Following an India-Bangladesh agreement, the IBP was introduced as a special travel document in August 1972 to facilitate travel between the two countries.

During the past over four decades, the MEA delegated powers to the state governments of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and West Bengal bordering Bangladesh to issue IBPs to their residents willing to visit Bangladesh only.

Read the full report here, India Today

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