Indians to obtain e-passports soon: MEA Secretary


By MYBRANDBOOK


Indians to obtain e-passports soon: MEA Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Sanjay Bhattacharyya said in a tweet that the Centre will soon begin issuing e-passports for all citizens. "Indian citizens are likely to start getting e-passports soon."

 

Emphasizing the need to expedite the roll-out of e-passports, the MEA secretary said the said passports would be secure with biometric data and enable smooth passage through immigration posts globally, among other things.

 

The MEA secretary said the passports would be secure with biometric data and will enable smooth passage through immigration posts globally.

 

Currently, passports issued to Indian citizens are printed on booklets. India issued 20,000 official and diplomatic e-passports on a trial basis with an electronic microprocessor chip embedded in them. The government earlier said that the move was to make forgery of passports difficult and to help faster immigration for passengers.

 

In March, the ministry had said in its statement, "India Security Press, Nashik has awarded the contract for procurement of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-compliant electronic contactless inlays along with its operating system necessary for chip-enabled e-Passports."

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