Dubai: The government of India has issued instructions that all Indian passports with serial numbers Z-000001 to Z-045925 are to be recalled and new passports issued in their place.

Some of these include certain passports issued by the Indian Consulate General in Dubai between February and September 2007.

"This is a global recall. It is not restricted to the consulate in Dubai alone," said Venu Rajamony, the Consul General in Dubai.

Rajamony assured that Indians whose passports fall under these serial numbers will be issued new passports without any delay.

"Those who want it on an emergency basis will be issued with a new passport on the same day."

On reasons behind the recall of the passports, Rajamony said: "There were some errors that took place at the time of issuance of these passport booklets in India. The instructions to recall came from the Minister of External Affairs, New Delhi."

The process will be free of charge for the passport holders, including cost of delivery of the new passport at the applicant's residence by courier.

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