Pak Affairs

NADRA disbursed Rs 30.3b among 1.645m flood victims through Watan Card

ISLAMABAD: National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has successfully made disbursement of Rs. 30.3 billion among 1.645 million flood affected families through Watan Card scheme during 1st Phase, said Deputy Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik.

Tariq Malik said that NADRA is all set to start second phase of Watan cards after issuance of over 1.6 million Cards effectively and transparently resolving all complaints of flood victims by using its efficient Complaints Redressal System, says a press release received here on Monday. Tariq Malik said:

“National Disaster Management Authority estimated around 1.6 million families affected by flood, and we have given Watan Cards to over 1,645,262 million, which means we have done 99 per cent of our job. Now after successful completion of the first phase we are determined and hopeful that this achievement would pave the way for the successful completion of second phase.”

The Second Phase regarded as Citizen’s Damage Compensation Program (CDCP) will provide Cash transfers to more than One million flood affectees households.We are working with all Provincial Government to quickly start second phase. Good news is that World Bank has already approved $125m for second phase, said Tariq Malik.

He said NADRA in the first phase has disbursed cash assistance of Rs. 30,350,275,877 to flood affected families across the country which is a big achievement and first ever disbursement of its kind in history.

Tariq Malik said that the Complaint Redressal System’s objective was to address the complaints from genuine and legitimate beneficiaries who were unable to get registered for Watan cards and the system has been successful in doing so. He said NADRA received 300,000 complaints from flood affected population who had been facing different problems in getting Watan and resolved them in all provinces.

The Deputy Chairman said that using its multi-biometric system, NADRA has ensured transparency and thwarted several attempts of misuse of the Watan Card from miscreants. “About 1.3 million ineligible people visited NADRA Registration Centers to obtain Watan Cards but due to vigilant NADRA system they were not able to do so,” he added.

“Had our system not rejected 1.3 million ineligible applicants, government of Pakistan would have lost 26 billion rupees,” said Malik. “This is a perfect example of good governance and efficient service delivery recognized by international donors and agencies like World Bank,” he added.

He said that NADRA issued 608,825 Watan Cards in Punjab to disburse around Rs. 11.98 billion. In Sindh, the number of Watan Cards issued was 651,990 with a disbursed amount of Rs. 11.38 billion. In Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, the number of Watan Cards issued stood at 120,918 and 243,208 with disbursed amount of Rs. 2.19 billion and Rs. 4.40 billion respectively. In Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, 9,378 and 10,943 cards were issued disbursing Rs 155.99 million and Rs. 212.06 million respectively.

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