Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralitharan on Thursday said the government plans to issue e-passports to its citizens starting 2022-23. Muralitharan’s remarks came in the Rajya Sabha in response to a question on the government’s plans and details of issuing e-passports in the calendar year 2022.
MoS said the e-passport would be a composite paper and electronic passport, with an embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) chip and an antenna embedded as an inlay on the back cover.
“Critical information about the passport will be printed on its data page as well as stored on the chip. The document and the features of the chip are mentioned in Document 9303 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),” Muralitharan said.
Muralitharan further said that the Ministry of External Affairs has assigned technical responsibilities to the National Informatics Center (NIC) in the context of issuing e-passports.
“The e-passports will be produced by India Security Press, Nasik, which has issued a letter of intent to procure 4.5 crore ICAO-compliant electronic chips with its operating system,” he said.
MoS informed the apex court that the sample e-passport is currently being tested and full-scale production and issue will begin with the completion of the technological ecosystem and infrastructure.
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