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Biometric Seafarers Identity Document (BSID)

Current context: Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers launched the Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID) on 28th August 2019.
Biometric Seafarers Identity Document (BSID) 
  • India has become the first country in the world to issue BSID, which will capture the biometric data of the seafarers.
  • The new facial biometric technology BSID is an addition to the security features and marked an improvement over two-finger or iris-based bio-metric data.
  • The new feature will make the identification of the SID holder more efficient and reliable.
  • Earlier, India has made a presentation on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on BSID and the new card is in confirmation of the Convention No. 185 of the ILO.
  • India has ratified the Convention in October 2015.
  • The BSID card has two optical security features Unique Guilloche pattern and Micro prints/micro texts.


Q.1 Which facial biometric technology has been launched by India in accordance with the Convention No. 185 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)?
a. Biometric People Identity Document
b. Biometric Seafarer Identity Document
c. Biometric Police Identity Document
d. Biometric Personal Identity Document
Biometric Seafarers Identity Document (BSID) Biometric Seafarers Identity Document (BSID) Reviewed by Neha Verma on August 29, 2019 Rating: 5

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