As the mammoth task of issuing unique identification numbers gets underway, the less ambitious and long-awaited e-passport scheme seems to be ready for take-off. Four months after External Affairs Minister SM Krishna inaugurated the e-passport Seva Kendras in Bangalore, the city’s residents can look forward to the first e-passports being issued to them in September. An electronic chip attached to the passport will contain all personal information on the holder, including biometric data. The new passports have been designed by the Central Passport Organisation, New Delhi; India Security Press, Nashik; and IIT, Kanpur. India is among the first emerging countries to introduce e-passports.
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