ISLAMABAD: National Database and Registration Authority, NADRA is launching a secure card project SCAC (Secure Card for Afghan Refugees) to facilitate registration of more than 1.75 million Afghan nationals, Deputy Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik stated this in a press briefing while launching Islamabad Site of SCAC registration.
NADRA registered 2.15 million Afghan citizens and issued 1.7 million PVC based cards to Afghan citizens, the cards issued under UNHCR supervision had expired on 31-12-2009. “Winning this important project reflects the trust of United Nations on Pakistani national institutions and software engineering capabilities of NADRA,” he said. NADRA stand among the top 50 companies in the world in Identity Management Industry.
UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. T.Alexander Aleinikoff, Dr.Imran Zaib, Joint Secretary of Ministry of SAFRON and Senior officials of UNHCR and NADRA were also present on the occasion.
Tariq Malik while elaborating the project said SCAC project is the continuity of Afghan National Registration (ANR) project. This project includes conversion of PVC based PoR cards into Teslin cards, issuance of Birth Certificates to Registered Afghans, registration of Un-registered members of Registered families (UMRF), acquisition of latest biometrics and demographic information of Afghans and optimization of verification / validation procedure of PoR card.
“It is in the best interest of both Pakistan and Afghanistan that we help UNHCR to register our Afghan brothers and sisters, as it would provide them a legal status to reside in Pakistan.” said Tariq Malik.
He said in March 2010, Govt of Pakistan has extended the stay of registered Afghan Citizens till 31-12-2012 while pilot project was launched on 18th August 2010 on 3 locations, two in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and one in Quetta. He said later SCAC operations were launched throughout the country on 20th September from 44 centers simultaneously.
He said in 23 days after the launch of SCAC operations, 159,338 applicants are processed so far, 85948 cards have been produced, 22,073 cards have been delivered and 4384 birth certificates have been issued to the applicants. Project targeted all provinces of Pakistan collectively having 1,964,188 Afghan Nationals.
He said for this project NADRA has to arrange deployment of 62 online SCAC centers, production and issuance of 1.75 million Teslin based Cards, printing and issuance of 1.0 million Birth Certificates, registration and issuance of PoR card to 200,000 UMRF from 09 designated centers and System Development and updating Afghan Citizens Database.
He said total 44 centers are operational across the country while 22 in KPK, 12 in Balochistan, 6 in Islamabad, one in Lahore, one in Sargodha and 2 in Karachi sites are working to register the Afghan nationals.
“NADRA is proud to help United Nations to develop biometric refugee database. We would like to offer our expertise in multi-biometric citizen registration services to United Nation anytime and anywhere in the world where there is a refugee crisis.” said Tariq Malik.-SANA