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MEA Signs Agreement With ‘Valued Partner’ TCS For Second Phase Of Passport Seva Programme

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PSP-V 2.0

PSP-V 2.0: The external affairs ministry and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) recently signed an agreement for the second phase of the Passport Seva Programme (PSP-V2.0).

Key Highlights:

  • The PSP-V2.0 is an extension of Passport Seva Programme Version – 1 (PSP-V1.0).

Note: PSP-V1.0 is an online service that was launched under the National E-Governance Plan.

  • The Government of India (GoI) is all set to launch e – Passports very soon for citizens renewing their passport or applying for new passport.
  • Under the second phase, new data centre will be created.
  • Apart from that, it envisages to create a disaster recovery centre and Government Secure Repository linked to all Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs), passport offices, Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSKs), and Indian missions abroad.

What is the role of TCS in PSP-V 2.0?

  • India’s largest software exporter, TCS, is likely to bring in technology for e-passports.
  • However, authority to grant and print passports will remain with the government.

Who is designing the security features?

  • The National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Indian Security Press in Nashik are designing the security features for the e-passport. 

About PSP-V 2.0:

  • The PSP-V2.0 is a continuation and enhancement of PSP-V1.0.
  • The main objective of PSP-V 2.0 is to ensure a digital ecosystem, improve citizen interface, process overhauling & integration among different stakeholders & database, upgraded technology, as well as a stronger data security.
  • This process seeks to be transparent, accessible and reliable.
  • Under the second version, several technological upgrades are to be added.
  • This includes advance data analytics, Chat – Bot, auto – response, cloud enablement and natural language processing.
  • The new version will also issue e – passports.

What are e-passports?

  • The e-passports comprise of a microchip with secure biometric data.
  • The chip carries personal details of the holder including biographical information.
  • This prevents unauthorized data access.

The objective of e-passports:

  • The main objective of providing e – passports is to make them more secure which in turn will make immigration easy.
  • It is an upgrade of the traditional passport.

Significance of PSP-V 2.0:

  • The PSP-V 2.0 will ensure a digital ecosystem; improve citizen interface, process overhauling & integration among different stakeholders & database, upgraded technology, as well as a stronger data security.

Who is designing the security features?

  • The software for the E – Passport was developed by National Informatics Centre  and IIT Kanpur.
  • The E – Passports have been designed in accordance with the ICAO standards.

Note: ICAO is International Civil Aviation Organization that was established in 1944.

ICAO operates under United Nations.

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