Indian Government working on e-passports: Minister of External Affairs

Indian Government working on e-passports: Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister The Ministry has plans to issue chip-enabled e-passports to citizens with advanced security features.

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NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the government was working on introduction of e-passports and aims to issue 22 million in the first phase.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

The Ministry has plans to issue chip-enabled e-passports to citizens with advanced security features.
Replying to supplementaries during question hour in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said the personal particulars of the applicants would be digitally signed and stored in the chip which would be embedded in the present form of physical passport booklet.

In case anyone tampers with the chip, the system would be able to identify it resulting in the failure of the passport authentication.

To a supplementary question, Jaishankar said the ministry was in the “last stages of tender”.
In this regard, ISP, Nashik has been authorised to float a global three-stage tender for procurement of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)-compliant electronic contactless inlays along with its operating system, which is required for manufacture of e-passports.

Manufacture of e-passport will commence on the successful completion of the tendering and procurement process by ISP, Nashik.

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