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TCS to Introduce Chip-Based E-Passports in 2022

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In a bid to ensure a smooth immigration process, the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is expected to introduce new chip-based passports by the end of the year

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The e-passport is part of the Indian government’s Passport Seva Project which was launched in 2008 to digitize the passport space and provide online services. 

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The second phase of the project was bagged by TCS who will be rolling out the e-passports.

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According to Tej Bhatla, head of TCS’s public sector business unit, the Ministry of External Affairs is “looking at a launch timeline within this year

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 He added that the new passports will be based on chips while the existing passports currently in circulation will be renewed.

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Reportedly, the e-passports will be based on secure biometric data that would ensure smooth immigration process globally.

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It will be ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) compliant and will be introduced to curb forgery in the immigration process.

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The chip embedded in the passport will store the biographical data and has a digital security feature.

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