March 22, 2023

E-passports to be rolled out soon for smoother immigration passage | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India will soon introduce next-generation e-passport for its citizens, said the ministry of external affairs on Thursday. According to secretary in MEA, Sanjay Bhattacharya, these passports will comprise secure biometric data and ensure smooth passage through immigration posts globally.
“It has been the endeavour of the MEA to enhance passport services and introduce new features,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. The government had announced in 2016 that new generation e-passport featuring enhanced security features such as bio-metric details may soon be rolled out. The e-passport is likely to secure the data and curb the menace of fake passports. An e-Passport contains an electronic chip. The chip holds the same information that is printed on the passport’s data page.
“The government has given its approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports to India Security Press Nasik,” the MEA told Parliament in 2016.

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