Indian Government will soon roll out new generation e-passport with the security features like bio-metric details

Minister of State for External affairs V K Singh replied to one of the question in Lok Sabha that, government was in the process of procuring devices for e-passport.

E-Passport contains electronic chip, which will have the same information printed on the passport’s data page.The e-passport is likely to secure the data and curb the menace of fake passports.

“The Government has plans to issue e-passports to the citizens. The Government has given its approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports to India Security Press (ISP) Nasik.

“In this regard, ISP Nasik, has been authorized to float a global three-stage tender for procurement of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-compliant electronic contactless inlays along with its operating system which is required for manufacture of e-passports,” added to this he said manufacture of e-passport will commence on the successful completion of the tendering and procurement process by ISP, Nasik.

The MEA has received a proposal from the Ministry of Women and Child Development for waiver of No Objection Certificate (NOC) required from a father in case a child travels to India on tourist visa, MEA and Ministry of Women and Child Development have constituted a committee to effectively address issues like whether it should be mandatory to have the NoC of the father in case the parents are separated, Singh added

He said as per information available with the Ministry, 78 Indian nationals were kidnapped in the last three years in foreign countries and out of them 33 have been released.