ISLAMABAD - National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) said Tuesday that it would issue fee of cost duplicate CNICs (computerised national identity cards) in the earthquake-hit areas as part of enhancing government' efforts for rehabilitation and relief.

"On the special direction of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Nadra has decided to issue free of cost duplicate ID cards to those earthquake affectees who have lost their original one across the KP province in a bid to speed up government's efforts for rehabilitation and relief," a statement issued by Nadra said.

Nadra's registration centers in the vicinity have been directed to make special arrangements for providing national identity cards on war footing to expand and reinforce federal and provincial governments' relief activities in a transparent and efficient manner, a spokesman of Nadra said.

Instructing the chairman Nadra, the interior minister said this catastrophe posed a challenge and demanded extra efforts and support for the rehabilitation of affected people.

Scores of people have been displaced due to the devastating earthquake across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said Nadra would make all out efforts to give them a helping hand. The interior minister stated that Nadra would provide free of cost duplicate CNICs to the citizens who were badly affected and displaced in the wake of devastating earthquake. So that they could get benefits as and when the government would launch schemes to rehabilitate them, he said adding, the quake-hit citizens did not need to bring any document.

Meanwhile, Chairman Nadra Usman Mobin has directed the concerned quarters to speed up the registration of local people in the quake-hit areas.

"They just need to approach Nadra registration centre in KP or spot Nadra mobile registration vans and man-pack units to apply for CNICs. We will gather biometrics digital fingerprints and snapshot of citizens, their father/mother name and address for the identification of CNIC number and accordingly, will trace their CNICs in the database," chairman Nadra said adding that one would be able to apply for a reprint of someone else's card.

Chairman Nadra has directed DG Peshawar to personally monitor the operational activities across the province. Nadra has deputed 10 mobile registration vans (MRVs) fitted with state-of-the-art computers and communication equipment and 15 man-pack units for registering affected people.

Nadra local teams are willing to work with Pakistan Army and NDMA to do damage assessment survey in rehabilitation services, Nadra spokesman said.