The Department of Passports has announced a global tender to offer electronic passports, biometric passports, presumably by the end of 2020.
As per the tender report, the winner of the proposal has to provide 5 million passports for five years at a competing price.
Nepal launched the machine-readable passports in 2010, following the decades-old written passport as per the compulsory provision of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The Department of Passports has announced competing for pricing for individual passport copy, it is not recognized how much a passport would cost in dollars. The firm quoting the cheapest price wins the bid.
The department sent a bid to the Ministry of Finance saying that it needs Rs 8 billion ($69 million approx) to print the following generation passport for five years. The e-passport will require more than the current MRP, stated the official. The cost of individual copy of MRP is $4.8 (Rs 557), but an e-passport will require at least $15 (Rs 1,739). The government spends about Rs 500 for each MRP, but costs citizens Rs 5,000, 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 depending on how secure the report is released. The e-passport report will be polycarbonate with laser engraving.
Endorsing the move, Director General of the Passports Ram Kaji Khadka said the Post that his office on August 27 announced a global tender for the initiation of biometric identification in Nepal, providing responsive bidders 45 days to present the needed records.
One of the senior officials stated. “we have urged them to express their grievances in the pre-bid meeting. ” A technical crew was designed to prepare the terms describing the Nepal Rastra Bank, Nepal Police, and Nepal Telecom, amongst other government entities.
Similar accusations and complaints were lodged in 2010 during choosing the MRP, delaying the tender method.
This time, as per the Khadka, pages of the passports will be risen and split into two categories. “Khadka stated, “We have proposed two types of passport in terms of their pages. One kind of passport will have 32 pages and the other 64 pages. Those acquiring 64 pages have to pay a higher price,” said Khadka.
A huge part of various flyers has accused of the restricted number of passport papers as it created them to get the document frequently.
“Because of the grievances of frequent flyers and Nepalis working in the Gulf countries who cross the international border frequently, we have decided to increase the passport pages,” he stated.
“If the process goes as per our plan and contract negotiations complete, we’ll be able to introduce the e-passport before the end of 2020,” stated Khadka.