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No, Modi has not ‘enhanced the value’ of Indian passport, as Amit Shah claims

On October 16, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing Bharatiya Janata Party workers in Taleigao, Goa, claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “enhanced the value” of Indian passports abroad.

“Now after seeing an Indian passport, there is a smile on the face of the officer from any foreign country and they say you have come from Modi’s country,” Shah was quoted as saying by PTI. “Modi has increased the value of Indian passports and this was possible because the BJP has won with a majority in the general elections.”

This claim does not check out against the global ranking of India’s passports. FactChecker looked at two sources – Henley Passport Index 2021, a report by London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, and Passport Index, an interactive real-time passport ranking tool by Arton Capital.

Indian passport’s value

India’s rank fell by eight positions from 82 in 2020 to 90 in 2021, according to the Henley Passport Index 2021, which was released on October 5. The Indian passport got a score of 58 which means that Indian passport holders are allowed to travel visa-free to 58 countries. India shares the rank with Tajikistan in Central Asia and Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Henley & Partners, a London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm, have based their…

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