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Ink to Curb Fake Printing of Passports and Counterfeiting of Currency Notes

  • 04 Mar 2020
  • 2 min read
  • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (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.
  • The ink was given to Bank Note Press (BNP), Dewas, a unit of Security Printing Minting Corporation of India Ltd. (SPMCIL), New Delhi.
  • The formulation can be used to check the authenticity of passports, Government documents, tamper evident labels, identity cards, etc.

Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited

  • SPMCIL is a wholly owned Miniratna company of Government of India, incorporated on 13th January, 2006.
  • The Ministry of Finance exercises its administrative control over SPMCIL through the Board of Directors.
  • SPMCIL is engaged in the manufacture/ production of Currency and Bank Notes, Security Paper, Non-Judicial Stamp Papers, Postal Stamps & Stationary, Travel Documents viz. Passport and Visa, Security certificates, Cheques, Bonds, Warrant, Special Certificates with security features, Security Inks, Circulation & Commemorative Coins, Medallions, Refining of Gold & Silver, and Assay of Precious Metals.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

  • CSIR was established by the Government of India in September 1942 as an autonomous body.
  • It is known for its cutting edge R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas.
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been ranked first in the Nature Ranking Index-2020.
    • The Nature Index provides a close to real-time proxy of high-quality research output and collaboration at the institutional, national and regional level.

Source : PIB

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