India is introducing chip-enabled digital passports for their citizens. India under the rule of Narendra Sri Modi is moving ahead to achieve futuristic goals today. This year budget was even more progressive on futuristic goals. Modi’ government has been criticized over many matters. But, it is still under the national propaganda of the Indian Nation to ensure future-ready India. As futuristic travel may rely on much complicated digital infrastructures and the World’s second-largest population “India cannot be converted to the new system in a fortnight. So, India has proposed a two-year programme to convert Indian ordinary passports to digital chip enable and biometric-enabled passports.
What is it
With this new RFID and Biometric enabled smart passports can store more data than visible pages. Your actual photograph, fingerprints, body dimensions and identification signs and other few layers for security would be added. For example, Bangladesh smart passport contains 38 to 41 different security parameters.
Indian ordinary passport
India has two varieties of passports according to the number of available pages. The 64-page standard one and 32 pages light edition. As many Indians travel by air inside their borders and airfares are much affordable to everyone, the passport is essential in the Indian middle-class lifestyle.
Digital Smart Passports across the globe
Over 150 countries have passports with a contactless (NFC) chip — also called ePassports or biometric passports — which means that those passports can be read with ReadID. This number has grown continuously since its introduction in the eighties.
As the pandemic has taken over the entire world for two years, contactless digital passenger screening and verification systems are more essential to the World than ever.
Malaysia was the first country to issue biometric passports in 1998. US passport has started the issue with RFID biometrics in 2007. Bangladesh was the first country to adopt RFID biometric passports in the South Asian region since 2010.
What Indian Media say about the story
The Hindu Newspaper website report about this progressive step was noted this way.
The MEA has stated that the digital passport will allow greater security for personal data as well as smoother immigration process. “Security aspects, including strategic assets such as Data Centres, and the Application Software will be owned by the Government. There would be strict access controls across the system, incorporating biometrics,” it has noted.The HIndu article.