India's new ink to control fake passports and counterfeit currency

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Author : Finance Desk
Last Updated: Wed, Mar 4th, 2020, 11:50:29hrs
India's new ink to control fake passports and counterfeit currency

New Delhi: The issue of fake passports and counterfeit currencies could soon be a thing of the past. That, if an ink, developed recently by CSIR-National physical laboratory manages to succeed.  

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare, and Earth Sciences, answered on the new security ink. He answered that the new ink will weed out fake passports and counterfeit currencies.  

The formulation can be used to check the authenticity of various official documents such as passports, government documents, tamper evident labels and identity cards.

The written reply reads, "CSIR-National Physical Laboratory has developed a bi-luminescent security ink which glows in red and green colours when illuminated by two different excitation sources at 254 nano meters (nm) and 365 nm, respectively."  

"The ink was prepared in a batch of 1kg and given to Bank Note Press (BNP), Dewas, a unit of Security Printing Minting Corporation of India Ltd. (SPMCIL), New Delhi."

"The ink is found comparable to the standards that are in use."

"The formulation can be used to check the authenticity of passports, Government documents, tamper evident labels, identity cards, etc."