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E-passport is a ‘Mujib Barsho’ gift for nation: PM

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:18 PM, 22 January 2020   Updated: 04:19 PM, 22 January 2020

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the inaugural function of the e-passport and automated border control management programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, - PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the inaugural function of the e-passport and automated border control management programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, - PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday launched the much-awaited electronic passport (e-passport) along with the automated border control management programme, saying that it (e-passport) is a gift for the nation in the “Mujib Barsho”. 

“We’re handing over the e-passport to the people of the country in ‘Mujib Barsho’, the special year, coinciding with the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It (e-passport) is a gift for the nation in the Mujib Barsho,” Sheikh Hasina said. 

The Prime Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of the e-passport and automated border control management programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital this morning. 

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“I do believe that e-passport and automated border control management will undoubtedly brighten Bangladesh’s image in the digital world,” the premier said.

Sheikh Hasina said due to the introduction of the e-passport, Bangladesh will advance another step forward and the people will not be deceived more regarding the passport.

“There was a problem in the past about the passport as ‘galakata’ (tampered) passport was used at that time. But due to launching of the e-passport, it (fraudulence) will never happen … the people will not be cheated more and they could move with transparency,” she said. 

The prime minister said in the e-passport, there will be embedded microprocessor chip that will contain all information along with the photo, fingerprint and iris of eye of the passport holder.

118 countries have already introduced e-passports and Bangladesh is the 119th country which launched such passports.

“We’ve reached such a position and Bangladesh is the first country in South Asia which has been able to introduce e-passports,” she said, extending her sincere thanks to all concerned involved in the project.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal chaired the function, while German Ambassador in Dhaka Peter Fahrenholtz was present at the function as the special guest.

Secretary of Security Services Division under the Home Ministry Md Shahiduzzaman also spoke and Director General of Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) Major General Shakil Ahmed delivered the welcome address. Project Director of the e-passport Project Brigadier General Saidur Rahman Khan gave an overview about different aspects of the project.

Later, the home minister formally handed over the prime minister’s e-passport to her.

Sheikh Hasina later inaugurated electronic passport (e-passport) and automated border control management programme by unveiling a plaque. She also opened the e-passport complex and visited enrolment booth of the e-gate from the BICC. 

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