Indian Citizens To Soon Get Next-Gen ‘e-Passports’ Says MEA Secretary

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MEA Secretary Sanjay Bhattacharya on Wednesday in a social media post said that Indian citizens will soon get chip-enabled ‘e-Passports’

Bhattacharya also said that the e-Passports will be infused with chips that would be secure with biometric data and will enable smooth passage through immigration posts globally, among other things.

He also added that the upcoming ‘e-Passports’ will secure biometric data, be compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, and will be produced at Nashik’s India Security Press.

“India to soon introduce next-gen e-passport for citizens. Secure biometric data. Smooth passage through immigration posts globally. ICAO compliant. Produced at India Security Press, Nashik,” MEA Secretary Sanjay Bhattacharya tweeted.

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According to some reports, the new e-Passport will be embedded to hold vital information related to the passport holders such as travelers’ biometric data, names, and other things. It will also hold security features that will disallow unauthorized data transfer through Radio-frequency identification.

As of now, the ‘e-Passports’ project is on pilot and India had issued around 20,000 official and diplomatic e-Passports with an electronic microprocessor chip embedded in them.

After its successful pilot run, the Govt of India will begin the process of issuing e-Passports to all the citizens of the country. Currently, passports issued to Indian citizens are printed on booklets.

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