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Nadra to introduce smart NICs in the country

Published Jul 20, 2012 12:32pm


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ISLAMABAD: The Smart National Identity Card (NIC) has 36 security features and technologically is the most advanced card in the world today, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) Chairman said.

Briefing the Cabinet about the features of the Smart NIC prior to its formal launch in the country, the Chairman said the Smart NIC Card would help the holders of the card access the entitled cash disbursement programmes, financial transactions, branchless banking, health insurance, life insurance and electronic voting.

He said that the card would help the government achieve the objectives of welfare state.

The Chairman also told the prime minister that 96 percent of the adult population of the country had been registered with Nadra and about 92.6 million identity cards had been issued to eligible voters.

The prime minister said it will be a great source of convenience to the people as they need not go to banks to avail financial facilities.

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John Smoth Jul 20, 2012 02:28pm
I am a bit skeptical that NADRA may infringe on the Civil Liberties as they have learned a lot of tricks from the Western Countries.
imran Jul 21, 2012 07:01pm
This is too much infringement on privacy of the individual. Nadra should not poke into personal business transactions or health records. DO they have enough security features in place to protect privacy to the fullest ?
Shaukat Jul 20, 2012 02:08pm
good step but should be transparent !
Asad Jul 20, 2012 01:43pm
That shows Pakistan can build good institutions, if there is political will.
Khan Jul 20, 2012 01:38pm
Yet another scam to milk money from the people and fill somebody's pockets.
usman Jul 20, 2012 01:35pm
great job done NADRA
Muhammad Bilal Jul 20, 2012 01:33pm
NADRA has emerged as a very strong, useful and credible institution in the recent years. They seem like going in the right direction. Keep it up!
Walayat Malik Jul 20, 2012 01:15pm
96% have ID cards. First make it 100% then start other services.
Ahmed Jul 20, 2012 06:43pm
Good Job Nadra, database is so very important, if leveraged law enforcer can reduce crimes through linking the license plates, facial recognition, tracking the location with RFID.
Cyrus Howell Jul 20, 2012 06:50pm
Fogflush Jul 20, 2012 09:31pm
I want one NOWWW!
Shahid Jul 20, 2012 10:10pm
Please also add information like , Driver's license , Arms license , Blood group , Land and property data on the new NIC. It would truly be revolutionary.
imran Jul 21, 2012 12:27am
DO we really need such 'smart' systems ? Are such systems trying to overcome the corrupt people working at the grass root/ground level ? Has anyone thought about privacy ?? I for one do not want my health insurance records OR more importantly financial records available to every common clerk who might have the means to access them from his computer by just using my NIC number..This seems like a new age electronic servitude where the common citizen is given a lesser right to privacy. Controlling and getting rid of corruption is key to prospering.
Muhammad Raja Jul 21, 2012 12:45am
Please dont make empty statements, you should really look at NADRA's performance and financial figures before you assume its a scam. I can understand its hard to beleive that a Pakistani public sector (partial public sector) is performing well, but its a fact and for once we should encourage good practices and strive to make it even better with positive feedback.
hunezavadria Jul 21, 2012 04:53pm
good going nadra keep it up!!
Usman Jul 21, 2012 07:02am
yes , people can vote electronically, i smell a rat. a person being provided with an advanced ID card and he/she is a fake, then, he does not need to come to the polling booth. NO. if such thing has to be done , then government involvement in it needs to be minimal, and , measures should be adopted to scrutinize voters lists by a commission before and after the coming elections
kharal Jul 21, 2012 09:46am
ECP and Nadra should work together to check and ensure unbiased fair elections
ejaz Jul 22, 2012 05:48am
Isn't the intrusion to somone's privacy? They will know everything I do with just a card?