ISLAMABAD (APP) - National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has initiated a mobile SMS service to determine and check existence of flood-affected persons in the beneficiary list for Pakistan Card. This service has been launched in collaboration with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and all mobile phone operators with the objective to assist provincial and local governments to curtail down rush at the centres and help the flood victims by using technology. A senior official at NADRA on Monday told this news agency that the eligibility of the applicant for Pakistan Card can be checked by simply sending his/her Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) number to the designated short code i.e. 9777. In response, a text message will be sent from NADRA central server confirming CNIC existence in the beneficiary list, the official said and added the Authority ensures strong checks in the notified calamity hit areas could obtain Pakistan Cards. He said the process of issuing Pakistan Cards was in progress as around 598,600 such Cards had been issued to flood affected families in Sindh. Giving further details, he said around 105,455 Pakistan Cards in Mirpurkhas, 240,227 in Badin, 79,946 in Tando Muhammad Khan and 156,324 in Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), 8011 in Tando Allahyar and 2684 in Sanghar had been issued. The official said 47 distribution centres of NADRA were operational in six districts i.e. Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar and Sanghar. He said around 15 centres were addressing the complaints from genuine beneficiaries, who were unable to get registration for Pakistan Cards. The Authority, in addition to setting up centres, had also using Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs) to process CNICs free of cost in all affected areas in coordination with the public representatives and district administrators. NADRA had also issued 77,833 free of cost CNICs so far to the flood victims, he said. NADRA had deployed communication networks, implemented biometric solutions and installed hardware on sites, he said and added Pakistan Card had a cash tab of Rs 20,000 in two equal installments of cash Rs 10,000.