Govt to procure new printing machines to resolve passport crisis

Passport issuance has seen delays due to shortage of paper, limited capacity of existing machinery

News Desk July 11, 2024

The government has decided to procure new printing machines for passports, which is expected to alleviate the ongoing crisis.

According to Express News, the delay in passport issuance across the country is nearing resolution, as the government has expedited efforts to address the passport crisis.

The decision to acquire additional machines for printing passports has been made, with the Directorate General of Passports and Immigration preparing a requisition and sending it to the Ministry of Interior. It is anticipated that the new machines will be imported by September.

Passport officials have indicated that the new equipment will include six desktop printers and two e-passport machines. These new machines are capable of printing up to 1,000 passports per hour.

It is worth noting that the passport issuance process has been delayed for the past year due to a shortage of paper and the limited capacity of existing machinery, causing significant inconvenience for citizens.


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