ISLAMABAD, July 6: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) in its ongoing door-to-door campaign has registered 5,000 domestic servants in Islamabad.

This information was placed before Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan by Nadra Chairman Tariq Malik at a meeting held to review the performance of the organisation.

The directive to register domestic servants in the capital was issued by the interior minister on June 20.

An official of Nadra said during the campaign launched about a week back, registration forms were being given to the house owners to provide complete details about their domestic servants. These forms, he added, were collected back after three days.

He said during the campaign, they plan to cover about 50,000 to 60,000 houses in the capital.

According to an official statement, during the briefing, Mr Malik informed the minister that so far Nadra had completed biometric registration of 96 per cent adult men and 86 per cent women in Pakistan.

The Nadra chairman said work on the Geographical Information System (GIS) had recently been started in Islamabad.

When contacted to seek details about the GIS, the National Database and Registration Authority official said data about the houses, their owners, markets, hotels, hospitals and other important buildings was being collected sector-wise.

In reply to a question, he said so far no decision had been taken to make the data accessible to the general public.

He said under the directions of the minister, work had also been started on introducing an e-tag system at the five selected entry and exit points in Islamabad.

The minister was also apprised of the various international projects which Nadra was undertaking in Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria and Bangladesh, while bids were being tendered for other projects in Libya, Kuwait, Iraq and Sri Lanka.

The minister also asked the National Database and Registration Authority chairman to take steps to prepare a system of electronic voting by the next general elections.

Earlier, presiding over a similar meeting of the FIA officials, the interior minister said the government wanted to revamp the agency by removing all controversial officials and bringing in those with integrity and clean track record.

An effective system of reward and punishment will be put in place to boost the morale of law-enforcement personnel, the minister added.

Chaudhry Nisar also called for revamping the FIA rules to give it more powers against corrupt officers in other departments.

The minister directed the officials to ensure merit-based selection and induction in the FIA.

He claimed that in future no political interference would be tolerated in transfers and postings within the ministry and its attached departments.

The minister ordered establishment of special units in all parts of the country to check money laundering and hundi.

Regarding hiring of special public prosecutors, the minister said these inductions would be made in a transparent manner and they would be getting salaries commensurate with their qualifications.

Director General FIA Saud Mirza informed the minister that the agency had 52 police stations all over the country but due to shortage of staff only 36 of them were functional.

Secretary Interior Chaudhry Qamar Zaman, director general National Crisis Management Cell Tariq Lodhi and other senior officers of the ministry also attended the meeting.

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Ali
July 7, 2013 2:32 pm

Criminal waste of money, data collected by NADRA has never been used. Recent elections is one example where NADRA Sara was of no use to check rigging, it is useless. NADRA was created by a dictator Musharraf to reward his fellow General with millions of corruption in return of his support to prolong Musharraf's rule. Both should be held accountable otherwise the practice will continue in future but until Iftikhar Chaudhry is there there will be no action against any rich men only poor will go to jail. Thank you Arsalan

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