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e-Passport to be Introduced in India from June

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In an effort to check misuse of passports in the present format, e-Passports carrying biometric information in a chip will be introduced by the Government of India. According to a government order, the e-passports will initially be introduced for diplomats and officials, while it will be made available to common people by May 2009.

Besides having entire personal information, including finger-prints, of the person carrying such passport, it will also help the authorities keep track of the movement of the persons. The decision to issue such passports comes after days of trials by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and IIT (Kanpur), which had been tasked by the government to work on the project

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