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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar announced the launch of Passport Seva 2.0, which brings next-generation technology to enhance safety and ease of passport checks and acquisition in India

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The launch of Passport Seva 2.0 paves the way for e-passports in India, making the passport application process more accessible and efficient

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Passport Seva 2.0 is aligned with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Ease of Living" principle for Indian citizens, focusing on enhanced passport services, AI-powered service delivery, smoother overseas travel with chip-enabled e-passports, and enhanced data security

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E-passports will have an electronic chip containing passport holder data, facilitating quicker security checks and reducing wait times at airports

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They will feature biometric verification (fingerprint and face ID) and RFID to prevent unauthorized data transfer

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E-passports will provide a better travel experience for users and enhance passenger security and safety

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