Central Government soon rolled out the Chip enabled e-passports :- New Delhi: The Government of India soon rolled out the Chip enabled e-passports with high-security features because the government has started preparation for introducing it.
Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, said that the government has given approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports.
Singh said that Nasik-based India Security Press (ISP) has been authorised to float a global tender for procurement of the contactless inlays along with its operating system.
Applicants’ personal particulars would be digitally signed and stored in the chip. Replying to a separate question, V K Singh said that the number of Indian fishermen who are in custody of Sri Lanka is 35 while 65 fishermen are in custody of Pakistan.
General V K Singh said that Sri Lanka had released 708 Indian fishermen while Pakistan freed 858 fishermen in lasts two years.
Singh further said that the number of fishermen released in 2017 by Pakistan and Sri Lanka as of March 20 is 218 and 136 respectively.