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Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has announced that Indians will soon get an e-passport that will replace the old paper passports.
The new e-passport will have a data storage chip in it instead of a scanning code at the end. The chip will be unique for every citizen as it’s going to have scanned fingerprints, iris, and personal information of the citizen. The scanning of the electronic chip will have to be done at airports as machines will be installed for the same. With the introduction of the e-passport, scanning at security will become easier and faster.
What’s The Update?
The project for manufacturing of e-passports was first undertaken in 2008, when then President Pratibha Patil’s passport was the only e-passport of the country. Ever since, the government planned to roll out e-passports for diplomats and then proceed with rest of the public. In 2017, manufacturing of e-passports for diplomats began but there’s no specific time frame to when they will roll out e-passports for the public.