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QUESTION NO.2884 E-PASSPORTS SERVICE

July 18, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2884
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.07.2019

E-PASSPORTS SERVICE

2884. SHRI K.R. ARJUNAN:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the Passport Seva Project has been issuing one crore passports every year;

(b) whether Government proposes to issue e-passports on priority; and

(c) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN)

(a) Yes. The Ministry issued more than 1.12 crore passports in 2018 and 1.08 crore passports in 2017 in India.

(b) & (c) The Ministry has plans to issue chip enabled e-passports to citizens with advanced security features. The personal particulars of the applicants would be digitally signed and stored in the chip which would be embedded in the physical passport booklet. In case anyone tampers with the chip, the system shall be able to identify it resulting in the failure of the passport authentication.

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 authorized 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. Manufacture of e-passport will commence on the successful completion of the tendering and procurement process by ISP, Nasik.

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