Indians Likely To Get E-passports Soon: MEA Secretary Sanjay Bhattacharyya
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The India government has announced plans to leverage the use of technology and digital systems to issue e-passports for all citizens. "Indian citizens are likely to start getting e-passports soon," said Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Sanjay Bhattacharyya in a tweet.

Emphasising 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.

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.

India 🇮🇳 to soon introduce next-gen #ePassport for citizens

- secure #biometric data
- smooth passage through #immigration posts globally
- @icao compliant
- produced at India Security Press, Nashik
- #eGovernance @passportsevamea @MEAIndia #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav

— Sanjay Bhattacharyya (@SecySanjay) January 5, 2022





06 Jan, 2022 532
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