Duplicate CNICs being issued to survivors -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Duplicate CNICs being issued to survivors

KARACHI: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has started the process of issuing the duplicate computerised national identity cards (CNICs) to flood victims for free.

More than 50 teams were visiting over 1,700 relief camps set up in the flood-affected areas.

The teams were taking fingerprints of the flood survivors who had misplaced or lost their CNICs during the floods.

After verification through the Nadra database, the flood survivors would be issued with duplicate cards, a Nadra statement issued here on Tuesday said.

The Nadra teams, including mobile registration vans, were visiting camps located in Sukkur, Multan, Mianwali, Peshawar and Karachi districts and the cards were being issued on priority basis to flood survivors.

Nobody was allowed to apply for a card for someone else and the presence of an applicant was necessary for fingerprinting, the statement said.

Meanwhile, more than 30 Nadra offices had been affected during the floods and 12 of them had been wiped out by the floods. Infrastructure of the remaining offices had been damaged.

However, 22 offices were urgently repaired and made operational, the statement said.

It is important that the flood-affected people get their CNICs as the government is planning to give cash compensation to flood-hit people for their rehabilitation and a CNIC will provide a basis for determining the eligibility of a flood-affected family and in the absence of it, it may not be possible to get cash compensation, according to the statement.

It said that Nadra was also engaged in identifying bodies of flood victims on 24 hours basis by using digital fingerprinting technology and its teams had been deployed at different locations in the affected areas from Badin in the south to Neelam Valley in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Source: Dawn