Parliament Correspondent: Digital passports, also known as e-Passports of which validity will be for 10 years, will be issued from July this year to ease immigration activities.
This was informed in the fourth meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Wednesday.
Ruling Awami League Lawmaker Muhammad Faruk Khan, also the president of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presided over the meeting.
Faruk Khan said, “The ministry concerned has informed that e-Passports of which validity will be for 10 years, will be issued from July this year. It will reduce public suffering.”
The e-Passport has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip which contains biometric information used to authenticate the identity of the bearer.
Sources at the Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) said, e-Passports will have 38 types of security features. Data currently available in the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) database will be transferred to e-Passports.
risingbd/Dhaka/May 15, 2019/Asad/AI