The procurement course of for manufacturing of chip-enabled e-passports is being carried out and their introduction will vastly strengthen the safety of Indian journey paperwork, Exterior Affairs S Jaishankar mentioned on Wednesday.
In his deal with on the event of the Passport Seva Divas, Mr Jaishankar additionally mentioned the federal government intends to open a Submit Workplace Passport Seva Kendra in each Lok Sabha constituency.
“We’ve up to now been capable of present for 488 Lok Sabha constituencies,” he mentioned.
That course of has stopped on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, however it’ll transfer ahead because the lockdown eases up, he mentioned.
Mr Jaishankar mentioned his ministry is working with Indian Safety Press, Nashik and Nationwide Informatics Centre for chip-enabled e-passports with superior security measures.
“I’m very assured that the introduction of e-passports will vastly strengthen the safety of our journey paperwork. I perceive that the procurement course of for its manufacturing is at present underway and I’d emphasise the necessity to hasten that as a lot as attainable,” he mentioned.
“I emphasise that it’s essential to roll out the manufacture of e-passports on a precedence foundation,” Mr Jaishankar mentioned.
He mentioned the main target have to be on methods to simplify the foundations and processes with out compromising professional safety considerations that are on the coronary heart of the reforms being undertaken by the federal government.
“We’ve seen an entire transformation within the passport supply service particularly over the past six years,” he mentioned.
The Passport Seva Divas is noticed to commemorate the enactment of the Passports Act on June 24, 1967.
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