Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said in Rajya Sabha that the personal particulars of an applicant would be digitally stored in the chip that would be embedded in the passport.
Medics "put springs in my heart", he said, referring to a stent. "They need to be removed and it's not possible here."
Thousands of Afghans have applied for new travel documents to escape a growing economic and humanitarian crisis described by the United Nations as an "avalanche of hunger".
A panel of judges unanimously dismissed the appeal, saying the gender of passport applicants is a biographical detail that can be used to confirm their identity.
The Regional Passport Office in Bengaluru opened its Koramangala office on Saturday evening and asked its staff to report for duty to issue emergency passports.
PNB fraud: Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi’s passports revoked
The ministry gave them one week to respond why their passports should not be revoked.
Nirav Modi's wife Ami, a US citizen, left on January 6 and his uncle and business partner Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali jewellery chain, left on January 4.
Tibetan poet and activist Tenzin Tsundue calls himself a warrior with a mission to free his country from Chinese occupation.
Air India issues new directions for its crew operating in Saudi Arabia, asks to carry additional details written in Arabic
The national carrier has asked its crew members flying to Saudi Arabia to carry additional details written in Arabic with them.