E-passports Rollout and Security Measures

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION No-1334
ANSWERED ON- 09/02/2024

E-PASSPORTS

1334. DR. T. SUMATHY (a) THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN SHRI D.M. KATHIR ANAND

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state :-

(a) whether the Government has taken any steps for the rollout of epassports with embedded chips, futuristic technology and advanced security features to citizens, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;

(b) whether the Government has taken note of problems being faced by Indian passengers travelling abroad due to scanning issues of their passport bar code, if so, the details thereof along with remedial action taken by the Government in this regard;

(c) the total number of Passports issued by the Government so far, Statewise; and

(d) whether the Government has any plans for the issue of Passports to all Students enrolled for higher education in Colleges/Universities across the country, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN)

(a to d) At present the ePassport project, part of Ministry’s flagship Passport Seva Programme, is under final testing and the Pilot-launch of ePassport is being planned. Thereafter, after the successful pilot launch, the ePassport will be rolled out in phases across the country.

e-Passport is a combined paper and electronic passport with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Chip and an antenna embedded as an inlay. The key benefit of the ePassport lies in its enhanced capability to preserve the integrity of its data by having the data both printed on the passport and digitally stored on the passport’s chip; it becomes more challenging to counterfeit. In addition, the security of the ePassport is further enhanced through the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) which is the foundation for safeguarding sensitive information, and confirming the integrity and origin of personal and biometric data stored on the chip within the ePassport.

The Government has not come across any case of problems faced by Indian passengers travelling abroad with regard to scanning issues of their passport bar code.

Total number of passports issued in the last five year years, state-wise is attached at Annexure-I.

Passports can be applied by anyone on payment of requisite fees and fulfilling the required documents.

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Annexure-I

Passports issued State-wise during last 5 years 

State 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Andaman and Nicobar 65 19 1637 3031 5534
Andhra Pradesh 406947 189276 306431 503895 590921
Arunachal Pradesh 5033 2001 2068 3786 5423
Assam 94373 41574 58018 118943 132252
Bihar 301118 169218 255005 395609 374362
Chandigarh 34827 16659 21051 27560 32965
Chhattisgarh 56669 21337 27204 48230 54097
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 2924 1113 1983 2889 3346
Daman and Diu 5615 3266 5304 4238 4310
Delhi 472744 213254 287905 415979 495072
Goa 51352 26486 34268 51026 56910
Gujarat 838068 380582 514258 759560 1021350
Haryana 403413 201690 288303 481993 582408
Himachal Pradesh 59061 28124 41420 53481 69909
Jammu and Kashmir 121840 72958 67157 121127 158985
Jharkhand 92826 40431 66488 100645 108632
Karnataka 762962 344302 427835 713991 834992
Kerala 1192862 650708 929369 1513058 1547825
Ladakh 20 968 2337 4080 6288
Lakshadweep 2128 864 1064 2049 2445
Madhya Pradesh 220207 92063 112721 199785 238914
Maharashtra 1296683 566199 764668 1250829 1510112
Manipur 14798 5415 7440 13437 11347
Meghalaya 9190 3398 3583 7212 9871
Mizoram 5999 2176 2373 4796 7118
Nagaland 6852 3285 3949 5337 7855
Odisha 114751 53502 74728 111994 124239
Puducherry 26309 13517 18888 28061 30389
Punjab 946793 482413 644678 935884 1194100
Rajasthan 344030 174611 225950 377479 453139
Sikkim 6642 2082 3140 4937 6110
Tamil Nadu 1045803 471717 667563 1053907 1147513
Telangana 524108 276766 420929 634854 791680
Tripura 33223 24170 14864 26026 37153
Uttar Pradesh 987102 496619 642165 1115650 1368760
Uttarakhand 107127 48198 73676 99135 129602
West Bengal 520935 291653 343071 546710 598494
Grand Total 11115399 5412614 7363491 11741203 13754422

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