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Budget: e-Passports to be issued in 2022-23

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Union Budget 2022-23 in the Lok Sabha, at Parliament, in New Delhi

  • The e-passport will use Radio-Frequency Identification and biometrics to verify the identity of the people and will be an upgrade from the traditional printed passports

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the government will issue e-passports in the financial year 2022-23. Presenting the Union Budget, the minister said the e-passport will use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and biometrics to verify the identity of the people and will be an upgrade from the traditional printed passports.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the government will issue e-passports in the financial year 2022-23. Presenting the Union Budget, the minister said the e-passport will use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and biometrics to verify the identity of the people and will be an upgrade from the traditional printed passports.

The e-passport aims to make it more sturdy in terms of security and ensure smooth passage through immigration posts globally.

The e-passport aims to make it more sturdy in terms of security and ensure smooth passage through immigration posts globally.

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Sanjay Bhattacharya, secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, has said India would get an e-passport with secure biometric data and that it will be in tune with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The chip in the e-Passport will be embedded that will contain significant data related to the passport holder such as name, biometric data and other information. As of now, India issues passports in printed booklets.

In case of malicious intentions of tampering with the chip, the system will take cognizance and result in the failure of the authentication of the passport.

Bhattacharya revealed that the e-passports will be manufactured at India Security Press (ISP), Nashik.

Issuance of e-passport will start on the completion of the procurement process by ISP, Nasik.

Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar had earlier stated that the government is exploring feasibility with the ISP regarding the applicability of the project.

“We propose to pursue the manufacture of e-passports on priority so that a new passport booklet with advanced security features can be rolled out in the near future," Jaishankar had said.

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