New Delhi: In the context of Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, India has informed the United States that it is free to pursue its energy option with any country, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
In a reply, the Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee said the issue of pipeline came up for discussion between US Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas here.
During the discussions, Bodman was informed that India was free to pursue its energy option with any country and would act independently to pursue its interest, he said.
In another reply, the Minister of State for External Affairs E.Ahamed said the government has decided to issue bio-metric passports, initially for diplomats and officials as a pilot project by the end of 2007.
Based on the experience gained from this pilot project, issuance of e-passports in the ordinary category would start by the end of 2008.