After rounds of rumours flooding social media platforms about the government claims of introducing smart passport, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) in his parliament residency on Tuesday, said that will soon replace its traditional paper passports with chip based e-passport.
Modi was speaking at a convention in Gujarat focussed on non-resident Indians. He reportedly said that the embassies and consulates are connecting with the passport seva project worldwide to introduce a centralised passport system.
Talking of prioritising ‘happiness and safety’ of its citizens, Modi said the government is also working to ease the visa issuing process for People of India-origin (PIO) and overseas citizens of India (OCI) that will save the time spent in the process.
He also urged Indians abroad to support the growth of their country by contributing in the field of innovation and research.