Indian ePassport makes progress

25/06/20

Senior Indian officials have confirmed that the country's ePassport project is nearing the stage where citizens can apply for the document.

External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar announced that Indians will be able to apply the passport soon, as part of the government's focus on technology and digitisation, reported the Business Traveller.

“We are working with the Indian Security Press, Nashik, and National Informatics Centre to implement this project.

“I am confident that the introduction of e-passports will greatly strengthen the security of our travel documents. The procurement process for the production of e-passport is underway.”

Replying to supplementaries during question hour in the Rajya Sabha (the upper house), 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 the first phase we want to bring in about 22 million inlays electronic passports," he added.



 

 

Subscribe to our free newsletter
Follow us on Twitter
Join us on LinkedIn

Latest Features & Interviews

White Paper: Secunet on kiosk systems in border control

Why do kiosks play a key role in the launch of the European Entry/Exit System? A new whitepaper summarises the key advantages and long-term benefits that arise for border control and the authorities tasked with border control operations through the use of kiosks.

Interview: Experian on biometrics and digital ID

In this interview, Planet Biometrics caught up with Mike Gross, Head of Global Fraud & ID Production Innovation at Experian, to hear his views on the evolution of identity in 2020 and beyond.

Interview: HID on CID

HID VP & Managing Director Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren told Security Document World about how the firm is addressing CID trends.

More articles >>
Share |