‘No allocation for Nadra made in budget' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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‘No allocation for Nadra made in budget’


ISLAMABAD: National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) had demanded of the government to allocate Rs 2.5 billion in Federal Budget 2010-11 to meet its growing expenses.

Deputy Chairman, Nadra, Tariq Malik talking to Business Recorder here on Friday said the government did not allocate any budget for Nadra and the organisation was operating on its own revenue.

Malik said that the money requested from the government was to be spent on upgradation of technology, improvement in Nadra Swift Registration Centres (NSRCs) and for laying optic-fiber. He said that Nadra was paying more than Rs 2.5 billion as salaries to its employees across the country, as it depended on its own resources, besides it was spending huge money on upgradation of the system.

Nadra budget is being presented before a budgetary sub-committee, which included joint Secretaries of Finance, Interior and Law, besides Chairman Nadra and after approval from this committee budget will be presented to 11-member Nadra Board of Directors for the final nod, Tariq Malik said. The budget includes salaries and recurring cost of different projects while developmental projects are also being including in the budget, he said.

Responding to a question regarding the budget amount of Rs 29 million allocated in the three-year rolling programme of FMTBE for registration, Malik said that this budget goes to National Aliens Registration Authority (NARA) not Nadra. The budget is allocated for registration of aliens, which is being conducted by NARA, he added.

Responding to another question he said that in future projects, Smart Card is on the top priority list, while there are many other projects regarding e-government under consideration and Nadra is in process of negotiation with Zarai Taraqiati Bank and many other organisations.
Source: Business Recorder