Indians to get chip-based passports soon: PM Modi

January 24, 2019

The Indian government is working on a project to issue chip-based passports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.

It is working on a centralised system in which all passport services will be provided from Indian embassies and consulates, he added.

Modi was addressing the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 in the northern Indian city of Varanasi on Tuesday. “Indian embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide,” Modi said as reported by Indian media.

He also announced that the government is working to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card holders.

Modi said that over 200,000 Indians stranded due to crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government in the last four-and-a-half years.

Organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and the government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Indian diaspora conclave in Varanasi, which concluded on Wednesday, was attended by nearly 5,000 delegates.