The last stock was bought in 2015.
As a solution, the passport for Middle Eastern countries is issued with a stamp saying it is valid for all countries.
This is considered a very risky practice, as anyone can forge a stamp.
The International Civil Aviation Authority does not recognize such passports either.
The holder of such a passport, especially if travelling in business class, can be detained for questioning at a foreign airport.
Nearly 35,000 all-country passports are issued per month.
With 64 pages, it is priced at Rs. 7,500.
A 48-page Middle East passport is priced at Rs. 2,500.
The Department has a stock of 250,000 Middle East passport, which will be sufficient for four months only.
Even if ordered today, it will take at least five months for a fresh stock of all-country passports to arrive.
Government authorities were informed of this in August last year, but no solution has been given yet.