Millions to benefit from free CNIC facility: Prime Minister -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Millions to benefit from free CNIC facility: Prime Minister

ISLAMABAD (June 25 2008): Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) will help people especially poor and needy to benefit from the government’s initiatives like micro-financing, Benazir Stipend Programme, Hepatitis programme and other socio-economic, health, and education initiatives.

He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of free of charge issuance of CNIC facility here on Tuesday, PM’s Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) Chairman Brigadier Saleem Moeen were also present, says a statement issued by the interior ministry.

This facility is aimed at giving relief to people especially the poor segments of the society. About 22 million people out of a total of 85 million who are eligible will benefit from this facility, introduced by Nadra on the directive of Prime Minister Gilani and will be applicable to only those applying for CNIC for the very first time.

It is the first and foremost priority of the democratic government to give maximum relief to people, the prime minister said while addressing the function. “We have fulfilled another commitment, especially for giving relief to the poor masses”, Gilani said.

He stressed the need for creating awareness among the masses, including male and female -young or old – about the importance of having an identity card. He urged public representatives, including the MNAs, Senators, Nazims and councillors to create awareness among the masses in their respective areas.

The prime minister also directed the Nadra officials to increase the number of mobile vans to ensure quick registration and delivery of ID cards, reaching out to the maximum people, particularly in the rural and far-flung areas.

Meanwhile, talking to newsmen, Rehman Malik said that on the directive of the prime minister, Nadra is also introducing the finger-prints of the person concerned on CNICs, so as to eliminate the chances of any fraud or rigging in the elections.

He said the computerisation of land revenue record was also being considered and the nation will soon hear good news in this regard. Under the free of charge facility, the card will be processed in normal category and will be delivered to the applicant within 30 days. The applicant will receive its CNIC from the NSRC, where he or she has applied. Nadra has so far issued 63.7 million CNICs to citizens.
Source: Business Recorder