Pattadar passbook printing yet to begin, officials confident of meeting March 11 deadline
The Security Printing Press, a unit of the Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited, is yet to commence the printing of the pattadar passbooks cum title deeds it is learnt. The development assumes significance as the March 11 deadline set by the government for distribution of the passbooks to eligible farmers at one go is approaching fast. Senior officials monitoring the issue cited some technical reasons behind the non-commencement of printing claiming that efforts were being made to ensure that these glitches are overcome and printing would start at the earliest. The security printing press has been handed over the task of printing close to 72 lakh (7.2 million) pattadar passbooks with 18 security features making them tamper proof recently. The passbooks are being planned in such a way that each farmers will be given a unique 13-digit identity which gives the precise location of the land in villages along with the details of the owners. In reference to same, the SPMCIL has also invited the Express Limited Tender for Supply of Pattadhar Passbooks cum Title Deeds with deadline.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, after several brainstorming sessions and consultations with stakeholders approved the design for the passbooks which would feature the pictures of Kakatiya arch, Charminar and images depicting major irrigation projects and farmers in the fields. The government has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the security printing press, wholly owned by the Central Government, as there was no response to the tenders it invited from the firms which had the infrastructure and capabilities to undertake the massive task. “The printing will start in a day or two as the technical issues are being addressed,” a senior official told The Hindu. Asked whether the delay in the commencement of printing could have impact on the deadline set for the process, the official exuded confidence that pattadar passbooks with all their features would be ready much ahead of the deadline given the capacity of the security printing press. “The security printing press has the capacity to print lakhs of passbooks each day and printing the quantum required by the government should not be an issue at all,” the official said.
An indigenous anti-counterfeiting ink
A new type of security ink that can help prevent counterfeiting currency has been developed by the scientists of New Delhi based CSIR-National Physical Laboratory , a unit of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). This process can not only be adopted on a large scale without much difficulty, but can also yield an ink that can be used on ordinary paper, says a new study that has been published in Chemistry: A European Journal. "The ink has been developed in response to the 'Make in India' call," says Dr Bipin Gupta, the study's lead author. The first thing anyone does to check the authenticity of a currency note is to place it under a UV lamp. Under this light, one could then clearly see some features that are normally not visible to the naked eye. This is due to a special ink that glows only when it is exposed under a UV light. Although such inks are available, they also need a special paper for the UV marker to be effective. In other words, the paper or surface on which the ink is printed should not glow under UV light. Hence, there is a requirement of special paper. The ink developed by Bipin's team, however, eliminates this need for special surfaces. "It is printable on all papers and surfaces," reveals Bipin. Not only that, the ink can also be tested under two types of lights: the normal UV lamp and under infrared (IR) light. Infrared light is emitted by TV remotes and by the lamp used to treat muscle sprain. This dual-mode glowing adds to its secure nature. "The ink is formulated from a cost effective dual-mode luminescent composite pigment," says Bipin.
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Latest Tender Alert
I). Organization: Security Printing Press, Hyderabad              
Description: Express Limited Tender for Supply of Pattadhar Passbooks cum Title Deeds - Qty 11,000 Books          
Deadline: Feb 27, 2018
II). Organization: India Security Press, Nashik      
Description: Tracing,Accounting and Prodn Management database System for Passport Deadline: April 10, 2018
III). Organisation Name: APO PRODUCTION UNIT, INC.
Description: Invitation to bid (itb): lease of various security printing machines and equipment with high level security system software application and technical and operational support system (pb-05-18)
Deadline: 05 Mar 2018
Description: Pre-qualification are invited for Provision Of Local Security Printing Services
Deadline: 22 Feb 2018