Electronic passports to be launched Wednesday

June 24th, 2008 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present electronic passports to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice-President Hamid Ansari Wednesday, marking the introduction of the new scheme in India. The e-passport, also called biometric passports, will carry the biological features and facial imprints of a holder and will be at par with international civil aviation standards.

In the first phase, such e-passports will be issued to those who qualify for official and diplomatic categories. By next year, these will be issued in the ordinary passport category as well.

Mukherjee will visit Patil, Manmohan Singh and Ansari at their residence to present them the first tamper-proof e-passports.

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