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Govt to launch e-passport in December: FM

News Desk | Thu,26 September 2019:
Ruling party Awami League Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal confirmed this news that Government e-passport will be launched in December this year.

AHM Mustafa Kamal was talking to the media after the meetings of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) at the Cabinet Division on Wednesday (September 25).

AHM Mustafa informed that Germany based contractor who is working on e-passport, will complete within December this year. Then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the e-passport in December, and the e-passport could not be launched in July. Germany based contractor has moved far ahead in this regard. Our home minister assured the meeting that all necessary works for distributing e-passport will be completed within December this year.

He said that we have reached at the end of the MRP passport. We hope we will move from MRP to e-passport from December.

He also said that the CCEA meeting has approved the proposal for procuring 2 million machine readable passport (MRP) booklets and 2 million lamination foils. This is the last edition of MRP. The procurement will be under Direct Procurement Method (DPM) at a cost of Tk 41 crore. And under the project ‘Introduction of Bangladesh E-Passport and Automatic Border Control Management’, e-passport will be given to the citizens. The total cost of the project is Tk 4,636 crore.

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