89.5mln CNICs issued; 95 pc population covered
ISLAMABAD: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has issued 89.5 million Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) with coverage of around 95 per cent population, having age of 18 years and above.
Giving province-wise ratio of population to whom such cards have been issued, Deputy Chairman, NADRA, Tariq Malik yesterday said around 11.97 million cards have been issued in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with coverage of 98pc population while FATA 1.662 million (86 pc) and Punjab 49.152 million (96 pc).
He told APP that in Sindh 19.247 million cards have been issued with coverage of 87pc , Balochistan 3.321 million (76pc ), Islamabad 0.7885 million (99 pc), Gilgit-Baltistan 546,469 (90 pc)and Azad Kashmir 2.375 million (99 pc).
Tariq Malik said the Authority is celebrating year 2011-12 as “registration year” to register the left over population.
He said in this regard numerous measures have been adopted to maximise the registration and added at present 873 Data Acquisition Units are operating nationwide for registration purpose.
These include 442 Nadra Registration Centres (NRCs), 252 Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs), 93 SMRUs, 86 Man Pack/Motorcycle Units, 11 female NRCs and 7 female MRVs, he added.
He said additional staff has been hired and infrastructure equipment added. Double shift has been introduced at 29 NRCs to facilitate the general public.
The Deputy Chairman said 11 NRCs and 7 MRVs have been established to facilitate exclusively the female population.
Moreover, he said special Data Acquisition Units are also working for Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) to register women exclusively. –APP