Nadra seeks Rs 1.75 bn from government
By: Tahir Khalil
ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has demanded of the government to pay Rs1.75 billion for providing over 2.3 million Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) free of cost to the people on the orders of former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
Soon after taking oath in 2008, former premier Gilani ordered Nadra to provide CNICs to people free of cost. Nadra has provided over 2.3 million CNICs free of cost to the people from 2008 to date.
It is revealed that the cost of a CNIC is Rs 428 but the Nadra has demanded Rs 75 per identity card from the government. The sources said that the Nadra had sought help from the Interior Ministry, Finance Ministry and auditor general for recovery of outstanding dues from the government. But this issue could not be solved so far which affected the development projects of Nadra.
On the demand of Nadra, the Election Commission has agreed to pay Rs 40.5 million outstanding dues in connection with preparing new voters’ lists during the current month.