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India Is All Set To Introduce An E-Passport, Which Will Have A Chip Attached On Its Jacket

In a recent update, the Ministry of External Affairs shared that India may soon launch an e-passport for its citizens, which will have RFID chips inserted in the jacket. Here’s what we know so far. By Anushka Goel

Soon, the passports issued by the Indian government will use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and biometrics, writes Mint. The e-passport on offer will have a chip inserted in its jacket, which will have security-related data loaded onto it, the report states.

Indians to soon have an e-passport

Sanjay Bhattacharya, Secretary, Minister of External Affairs, shared this update on his Twitter handle, reports HT Tech, adding that the new e-passport will be in line with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

However, the idea of these chip-based passports for India is not new. According to CNBC TV18, S Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs, had earlier said that the government was in talks with the India Security Press, discussing the feasibility of the project. He said, “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,”

What’s more, according to our previous report, the government had already issued 20,000 e-passports to diplomats and officials for trial. HT Tech reports that if these trials are successful, then these passports will be issued to all citizens of the country.

According to Mint, these biometric passports have advanced security features with which the personal details of the passport holder will be digitally signed and stored in the chip. This chip will further be embedded on the passport booklet, and if someone tries to tamper with it, the digital systems will detect it, resulting in a failure of passport authentication.

This move will bring India on the list of 150 countries that have a smart e-passport for its citizens, including the UK, Germany and Bangladesh.

Related: Indian Passport Holders Can Now Travel To 60 Countries Around The World Without A Visa

Anushka Goel

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