Union Government to launch e-Passports comming soon
- Recently, Foreign Secretary Dr Ausaf Sayeed informed that the new age e-chip passport is likely to be launched by the end of the year 2022 or by the first week of January 2023.
- In this passport the details of the applicant will be kept digitally in the chip which will be embedded in the passport booklet.
- It will provide security upgrade of Indian passport and enable machine reading.
- The e-passports comprise of a microchip with secure biometric data.
- Chip of an e-passport usually contain biometric information of the holder.
- The biometric information is printed on the data page of document and a biometric identifier.
- Such passports are digitally secured, in a bid to prevent unauthorised reading of data stored on the chip.
- India’s largest software exporter,
- TCS, is likely to bring in technology for e-passports.
- However, authority to grant and print passports will remain with the government.
- All security aspects, including strategic assets like database, data centres, and application software will also be owned by government.
- The e-passports will also comply with the guidelines of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
- National Informatics Centre and Indian Security Press in Nashik are involved in designing security features for the e-passport.
- The PSP-V 2.0 provides for rolling out of microchip-embedded e-passports.
- It is the largest e-governance programme of India, wherein TCS would deploy the latest technologies to ease the services.
- During this phase, e-passport will be unveiled.
- The PSP-V 2.0 will ensure a digital ecosystem, improve citizen interface, process overhauling & integration among different stakeholders & database, upgraded technology, as well as a stronger data security.