India is set to launch an e-Passport with a microchip

Digital security features will be built into the new chip-embedded e-passports to prevent unauthorized reading of data stored on the chip.

India is set to launch an e-Passport with a microchip
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The Centre will begin issuing e-passports to all citizens shortly. On January 7, the Ministry of External Affairs and Tata Consultancy Services Limited signed an agreement for the second phase of the Passport Seva Programme (PSP), one of the Government of India's Mission Mode Projects (MMPs).

The latest agreement will pave the way for the PSP's next phase, known as PSP-V2.0. The US$1 billion agreement will focus on delivering passports to citizens faster and creating a more effective integration between various government wings, such as the MEA and the local police network so that they can work together for applicant verification and quick tracing in emergencies.