Central Government to Implement Chip Embedded E-Passports
The Lok Sabha, Minister of State of External Affairs, VK Singh said that the government was in the process of procuring e-passport machines. The e-passports are likely to secure the data and to check the fake passports. He also announced that digital passports that can even carry in mobile will be introduced in the next phase.
Singh said that facilities for e-passports installed, and expected that the fresh passports would issue from next year in which chips are embedded in it. He also mentioned that once the police verification is delayed due to the sorting of electronic passing information, the time of issuing the passports could be minimized.
An e-passport contains the electronic chip which holds the same information that is printed on passport’s data page. The Government is going to issue e-passports to the citizens and also given the authority for manufacturing electronic contactless e-passports to India Security Press (ISP) Nasik.
The Minister VK Singh had visited Saudi to help the people who are struck there and also said that the Saudi government is cooperating in getting the claims from Saudi employers. He also advised those who are still going to Saudi for employment to be cautious and have to make an enquiry about the channels through they are going.
Singh said that “he said manufacture of e-passport would commence on the successful completion of the tendering and procurement process by ISP, Nasik.
To a separate question, Singh said the MEA had received a proposal from the Ministry of Women and Child Development for waiver of No Objection Certificate (NOC) required from a father in case a child travels to India on tourist visa”.