NA body on NADRA takes notice of non-functionality of DLCs  

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly’s Coordination Committee on NADRA on Tuesday took notice of the non-functionality of district level committee (DLCs) that were earlier formed to resolve the issue of blocked national identity cards. 

The Coordination Committee on NADRA that met under the convenorship of Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri proposed for altering the formation of DLCs as officials of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) briefed the participants about non-functionality of these committees. 

The committee observed that being public representatives it was their prime obligation to ensure easy access to fundamental right of “Identity” for its citizens. The committee also remarked that smaller provinces need special attention of NADRA as Balochistan is the only province having no NADRA mega centre to facilitate the common people. 

The meeting also proposed that the number of female NADRA centres should be increased especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to facilitate women of these areas. The committee appreciated the performance of Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik regarding recruitment of local people in the Authority to provide them employments.  

The committee agreed to the proposition of chairman NADRA to change the name of “Alien Card” which is issued by the Authority to those people who have been staying in Pakistan for the last many decades but they have not been granted country’s nationality. The meeting observed that the word “Alien” is disrespect to its holders.  

While observing the sensitivity attached with the issuance of Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), Deputy Speaker Suri said that identity is a fundamental right to each Pakistani. He said that there must not be any discrimination on the basis of nationality and language in provision of CNIC. He expressed his dissatisfaction over non-establishment of mega centre of NADRA in Balochistan. He instructed NADRA to immediately complete setting up of NADRA mega centre in Quetta. He also took notice of the fact that 95 percent of NADRA centres are being functioned in rented buildings. He stressed on the need to review this trend as the Authority deals with sensitive data. He also stressed to develop a proper payment mechanism for overseas Pakistanis so that they can easily pay NADRA for its services.  

Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik briefed the participants about initiatives of the Authority for inclusive identity. He also briefed the meeting regarding NADRA’s initiatives of issuance of succession certificates and arms licenses. He said that the target of establishing NADRA centre in each tehsil of the country would be fulfilled by June 2022. He said that NADRA has its offices in 13 Pakistan’s missions abroad and soon this number would be increased. 

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