Muscat: An E-passport featuring enhanced security features such as biometric details will be soon rolled out by the Indian government.
Replying to a question in the Indian parliament, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the government was in the process of procuring devices for the e-passport.
The e-passport is likely to secure data and curb the menace of fake passports.
An E-passport contains an electronic chip. The chip holds the same information that is printed on the passport's data page.
"The government has plans to issue e-passports to the citizens. The government has given its approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports to India Security Press (ISP) Nasik.
"In this regard, ISP Nasik, has been authorised to float a global three-stage tender for procurement of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)-compliant electronic contactless inlays along with its operating system which is required for manufacture of e-passports," Singh said.
He said manufacture of E-passports will commence on the successful completion of the tendering and procurement process by ISP, Nasik.
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