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India to roll out e-passports for hassle-free journeys

As per the latest developments, the central government is working on rolling out e-passports in a move to make international travel easier. This will also help to protect against identity theft.

On the occasion of Passport Sewa Diwas, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar delivered the message and also informed that this development and also reaffirmed the government’s effort in enhancing citizen experience and public delivery.

The minister also added that they will continue their commitment to delivering next-level service for citizens. The government also managed to set a record dealing with increased demand buildup during the pandemic.

The External Affairs Minister also announced that the Passport Seva Programme (PSP) will be embarking on an upgraded and improved version of PSP V2.0 to ensure a digital ecosystem among all stakeholders and offer enhanced passport services to citizens.

“It would ensure smooth governance end-to-end through standardised and liberalised processes, use of latest and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Chat-Bot, Use of Big-Data, Advance Analytics etc. The Ministry is also working to roll out ePassports for Indian citizens which would make easier international travel and enable protection against identity theft and greater data security.” Said External Affairs Minister during the event.

He informed that the upgraded Passport Seva System has been integrated with the DigiLocker system to facilitate a paperless documentation process.

Source: macrotraveller blog

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