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Nadra rejects birth certificates issued by CDG

By: Khalid Malik

LAHORE — The National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) is rejecting birth certificates issued by the City District Government (CDG) declaring them bogus, which is causing massive nuisance for the applicants, the CDG sources inform TheNation.

The sources further said that dozens of complaints were received in the Birth and Death Certificates Record Section of the CDG’s Health Department wherein the complainants complained that the NADRA authorities had disowned the copies of birth certificates on account of unavailability of record of such copies with the Authority.

It may be mentioned that these birth certificates were issued on special papers provided to the CDG by the NADRA for the purpose of issuing original birth certificates and to avoid chances of forgery. The NADRA had the record of the certificates issued on these papers which had a computer number.

When contacted, CDG’s Health Department DO Dr Shabbir Ahmad said that the Record Section was cancelling bogus entries of birth certificates, the number of which according to him was uncountable. He further said that action against those officials who allegedly issued bogus certificates would be taken after DCO’s approval to the recommendation sent in this regard. In their complainants, the complainants further said that the Birth and Death Certificate Record Section officials had received fees from them for the new birth certificates, gave them receipts and issued them computerised birth certificates after a couple of weeks. But later, when their original certificates were misplaced and they had to apply for computerised national identity cards, they came to know that NADRA did not have the record of their birth certificates. The NADRA rejected the duplicate birth certificates which they obtained from the CDG.

The complainants further complained that they had paid extra money to the officials of the section concerned besides paying the fees fixed by the government for the acquisition of new computerised birth certificates and again for duplicate birth certificates.

An official of the Record Section on the condition of anonymity said that the Section issued such birth certificates on a special paper, issued by the Authority, so unavailability of record with NDRA was out of question. He added that some black sheep within the department might be involved in any scam of issuance of bogus birth certificates.

It is pertinent to mention that some officials of the record section were suspended a couple of weeks back on account of issuing fake birth certificates.
Source: The Nation
Date:9/8/2010