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Government of India to issue Biometric PAN cards soon

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The Indian Government is planning to issue biometric cards with enhanced security features like fingerprint or retinal scans to all the new income tax payers in the country.

While speaking at the National Conference of Chief Commissioners of Income Tax, the Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram said, the process of eliminating about 13 lakh duplicate PAN cards is the last mile for government. The Ministry is planning to introduce Iris-based biometric PANs to all new applicants once the data about the existing cards is updated. Biometric identification will provide extremely accurate, secured access to information. The government is planning to launch the biometric PAN cards by October, 2007.

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