The Nepali government on Friday cancelled an ePassport tender process worth around Rs 4 billion ($34 million). Local media reported that Director-General of the Department of Passports, Ram Kaji Khadka, confirmed that the tender process was scrapped.The move to cancel the fresh bidding process could delay the prospect of introducing the ePassport any time soon in the country, reported Republica.The newspaper said highly-placed government sources noted that the tender process was cancelled due to the clash of interests between the passport department and the proposed Security Printing Center under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.A dispute had surfaced between the two government bodies after the Department of Passports (DoP) invited tender bids for e-passport, a job which the Security Printing Center (SPC) is planning to undertake itself.Executive Director of the SPC Bikal Paudel had lobbied to foil the DoP's tender process, sources said.The DoP earlier had invited representatives of the SPC when it was in the process of finalizing technical specifications, estimated cost and other related components of the tender process.The DoP had invited tender for printing 4 million copies of passport booklets carrying 32 pages and 1 million passport booklets with 64 pages. The SPC had been exerting pressure on the DoP to invite tender for only 3 million passports, arguing that SPC's own printing facility to print passport booklets would be ready by the time the 3 million passports are issued.