Monday, June 12, 2017

Roll out of biometric entry passes at airports delayed again

New Delhi: Biometric entry passes at airports will take more time before becoming a reality, with "technical issues" forcing authorities to delay its roll out for the third time in less than six months.
he government has decided to provide biometric entry passes for employees of airlines, airports, ground handling agencies and other individuals working inside the aerodromes.

There is continuing delay in implementing the biometric entry pass system even as the Civil Aviation Ministry is working on an ambitious 'Digiyatra' initiative for seamless and paperless travel for the passengers.
Sources said the plan was to put in place biometric access control system across 43 airports from December 2016. Then it was extended to March this year and now the date of its implementation is yet to be finalised.

A source at the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said the delay is "due to technical issues" being faced by the National Informatics Centre (NIC)--the implementing authority for the government's IT-based initiatives.

The proposal was to link an individual's Aadhaar information with the biometric access control system, the source added.
11/06/17 PTI/Economic Times

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