The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has commenced discussions with the ‘India Security Press’ regarding a project for issuing chip-enabled e-passports in the future.
Speaking at the seventh Passport Seva Divas, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the project for manufacturing e-passports will be taken up on a priority basis so that the travel document with advanced security features can be rolled out in the near future.
Jaishankar also said that in line with the commitment made by the government in its previous tenure, the ministry shall continue with the process of opening new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) in every Lok Sabha Constituency where no such seva kendras facility exists today.
The Minister noted that the MEA issues an average of one crore passport every year after it underwent a “passport revolution” owing to the various initiatives taken to bring about a visible change in the delivery mechanism of passport services to citizens both within the country and abroad.
“Last five years of passport services delivered by the ministry constituted a passport revolution. The mandate of the MEA is to ensure good governance and a transparent, efficient, timely, effective, reliable, assured and accountable public service delivery system,” he added.
The chip based e-passport is viewed as a safe way to store the passport holder’s data as any attempt to tamper with the chip will result in failure of passport authentication.