President Patil to launch E-passport scheme today

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New Delhi, June 25 : President Pratibha Patil will launch the E-passport scheme here today.

The E-passport, also called biometric passports, will carry a chip that will have entire personal information, including fingerprints, of the holder in a chip.

These passports will initially be launched for diplomats and high-ranking government and will gradually be rolled on for the 'aam aadmi'.

The E-passport will carry the biological features and facial imprints of a holder and will be at par with international civil aviation standards.

The step is aimed at curbing misuse of passport, including through impersonation and make immigration process easier.

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