The central government is now working on the new initiative to launch and issue e-passports to the people of India which will contain modern security features like an electronic chip. This e-chip in the passport booklet will contain the personal details of the applicant. In a written reply to a proposal in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muralidharan told that if anybody misuses the chip, then the system will identify it and the passport will not be verified and issued in future to that applicant.
He informed that the Government has granted the India Securities Press (ISP) to purchase electronic components and other arrangements for e-passport production. In this view, the ISP has also been authorized to issue a three-tier global tender. Muralidharan announced that e-passport production will start only after the ISP completes the entire purchase process. In response to another question in Rajya Sabha, he stated that 1.08 crore in 2017 and 1.12 crore passports were issued in 2018.
The e-passport chip will contain information such as the name, address, date of birth, and many unique things like your fingerprints, eye retina, and your face photo will be installed. The person will not be able to change his/her identity in such away. Just the way the present Aadhaar card identifies people through fingerprint, eye-retina, and images, the same way the newly proposes e-passports will work.
All the scams related to the passport will be stopped after the issue of e-passports. It would be very much difficult for people to misuse anyone’s passport for evil fraud online. It happens so many times that the information written on your passport does not appear clearly and at that time it takes a lot of time to check-in at airports. After the issue of e-passports, people no longer would have to face hassle.
After the introduction of e-passport, users will not have to face any problems as all personal information from users within the electronic chip will be quite secure. In this case, the security at airports and other public places will check the chip only, in which all the information could be easily scanned.