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India intends to provide e-passports to its citizens beginning in 2022: V Muraleedharan

V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, revealed on Thursday that the government wants to provide e-passports to citizens beginning in 2022-23.

Muraleedharan made the statements in Rajya Sabha in response to a query on the government’s plans for the issuing of e-passports in the calendar year 2022, as well as the specifics.

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The e-passport will be a written and digital passport with an integral Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip and antenna inserted as an inlay in the back cover, as per the MoS.

The vital information on the passport will be printed on the data page as well as saved in the chip. According to Muraleedharan, the properties of the document and the chip are stated in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) document 9303.

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Muraleedharan went on to state that the Ministry of External Affairs has given the National Informatics Centre technical responsibility for issuing e-passports (NIC).

The e-passports would be manufactured by India Security Press in Nashik, which has given letters of intent for the acquisition of 4.5 crore ICAO-compliant electronic chips as well as its operating system, he said.

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The MoS notified the upper house that sample e-passports are now being assessed, and that full-scale manufacture and distribution would commence once the technological eco-system and infrastructure are finalised.

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