Government to issue e-passports for all Indian citizens from next year

The process of issuing 20,000 e-passports has been completed by the Government

The government of India will begin issuing e-passports on applying for a new passport or going to apply for a reissue in 2021, you will receive an e-passport with an electronic microprocessor chip.

The process of issuing 20,000 e-passports embedded with an electronic microprocessor chip has been completed by the Government, according to the Economic Times report.

The approach for granting these passports with the aid of the agency assigned for building up the IT infrastructure and presenting a solution to the initiative. The IT infrastructure is planned to be set up in
Delhi and Chennai to produce between 10,000 and 20,000 e-passport units an hour.

As per the ET report, all 36 passport offices in the country would issue e-passports as and when the elements of the adjustment scheme are incorporated into the current issuing system.To maintain interoperability among countries, the e-passports will be based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) norm.

“I am very confident that the introduction of e-passports will greatly strengthen the security of our travel documents. I understand that the procurement process for its production is currently underway and I would emphasize the need to hasten that as much as possible,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said.

“I emphasize that it is necessary to roll out the manufacture of e-passports on a priority basis,” Jaishankar added.

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