INDIA

Working On To Introduce Chip-Enabled E-passport, Says MEA S Jaishankar

Mumbai: Addressing a video conference on the occasion of Passport Seva Diwas, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar highlighted the ‘Passport Seva Programme’ and transformation in the passport delivery service over the period of Modi government.

Felicitating the passport issuing authorities, MEA Jaishankar said, “I would like to felicitate all our passport issuing authorities in India & abroad on #PassportSewaDiwas & I’m sure, you all appreciate we’re meeting under unique circumstances. I acknowledge how well all of you have responded to changing public requirements amid #COVID.”

Minister also said that they are focused on introducing a new ‘Chip-Enabled’ E-Passport to ensure travel safety.

“We’re working with Indian Security Press Nashik National Informatics Centre for chip-enabled e-passport. The introduction of e-passport will strengthen the security of our travel documents. The procurement process for this production is underway. I would emphasize the need to hasten that,” he said.

Talking about Post office Passport Seva Kendra, he said that they intend to open PO passport Seva Kendra in every Lok Sabha constituency where no PSK exists today. So far, 488 Lok Sabha constituencies have Passport Seva Kendra. The process was going forward very ambitiously but had to stop due to COVID19.

“Our government is working to build a ‘New India’ where the benefits of modern technology reach the farthest end of society. I call upon all Passport Issuing Authorities in India and abroad to make conscious efforts to further improve the delivery of passport and passport-related services,” he added.  

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