ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday inaugurated the free of charge issuance of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) facility, aimed at giving relief to people especially the poor segments. As many as 22 million out of a total of 85 million eligible citizens will benefit from the facility, introduced by NADRA on the directive of Prime Minister Gilani and will be applicable to only those applying for CNIC for the very first time. Those applying for the second or third time, in case of their identity card go missing will have to pay the required charges under the normal procedures.
“It is the foremost concern of this democratic government to give as much relief to the citizens as it possibly can”, Gilani told newsmen after inaugurating the facility by pressing a computer key of NADRA Mobile Van here at the PM House. Two applicants including an old man and a female were also issued CNICs on this occasion, where Advisor to PM on Interior Rehman Malik and Chairman NADRA Brig Saleem Moeen were also present. Prime Minister Gilani said it was not a mere card but was an authentic identity, which will help the citizens specially the poorest of poor to benefit from the government’s various initiatives like micro-financing, Benazir Stipend Programme, Hepatitis programme and other socio-economic programmes and health and education facilities.
He said this is yet another commitment fulfilled by the democratic government to give relief to its citizens, especially the poor masses. The Prime Minister also called upon the need of creating awareness among the masses including male and female – young or old – about the necessity of having an identity card. He urged public representatives including the MNAs, Senators, Nazims and Councillors to create awareness among the masses in their respective areas.
The Prime Minister on this occasion also directed the National Database and Registration Authority officials to increase the number of mobile vans to ensure the quick registration and delivery of ID cards and for reaching the maximum people, particularly in the rural and far flung areas. Advisor to PM on Interior, Rehman Malik told the newsmen that on the directive of the Prime Minister, NADRA is also introducing the finger-prints of the person concerned on the ID Card, so as to eliminate the chances of any fraud or rigging in the elections in future.
He said the computerization of land revenue record was also being considered and the nation will soon hear a good news in this regard. Under the free of charge facility, the card will be processed in normal category and will be delivered to the applicant within 30 days. The applicant will receive its CNIC from the NSRC, where he or she has applied. NADRA has so far issued 63.7 million CNICs to Pakistani citizens.-SANA