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Government to launch ePassports in next 6 months

August 27, 2022

Foreign Secretary Dr. Ausaf Sayeed recently stated that the new generation e-chip passport will most likely be available by the end of 2022 or the first week of January 2023. In this passport, the applicant's information will be stored digitally in a chip embedded in the passport booklet. It will improve the security of Indian passports and allow machine reading.

What exactly is an e-passport?

E-passports contain a microchip containing secure biometric data. The biometric information of the holder is usually stored on the chip of an e-passport. The biometric information and a biometric identifier are printed on the document's data page. In order to prevent unauthorised reading of data stored on the chip, such passports are digitally secured.

Who will bring the e-passport technology?

TCS, India's largest software exporter, is likely to introduce e-passport technology. The government will retain the authority to issue and print passports. The government will also own all security aspects, including strategic assets such as databases, data centres, and application software. The e-passports will also adhere to International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines (ICAO).
Who creates the security features?
In Nashik, the National Informatics Centre and Indian Security Press are working on security features for the e-passport.

The Passport Seva Program

The PSP-V 2.0 allows for the deployment of microchip-embedded e-passports.

It is India's largest e-governance programme, and TCS will use cutting-edge technology to improve services.

The e-passport will be unveiled during this phase.

The Importance of PSP-V 2.0

The PSP-V 2.0 will ensure a digital ecosystem, improve citizen interface, process overhauling and integration among various stakeholders and databases, upgraded technology, and enhanced data security.