At a cost of Rs. 370 million, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has set up two big centers to serve the high population areas in Karachi. The centers are built with the premise of serving up to 3000 applications each day which will increase the rate of delivery of services to the residents of Karachi and those in neighboring areas.
The two centers were opened in North Nazimabad and DHA with the process being overseen by Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali. Another center is under development at the SITE Area to be opened by the month of May.
These centers are to have 105 employees working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a shift basis. When the two centers become fully operational, NADRA is to shut down the previous centers in district South and Central to serve citizens better.
Each center will have features such as:
- One window operation
- 300 seating capacity for people
- 28 counters
- 3 card distribution counters
- 2 forms submission counters
- 4 information counters
- 3 Counters dedicated for senior citizens and disables
- Quematic machine token system
- 8 form approval officers
- Centrally Air-conditioned
- Mineral water facility
- Prayer area facility
- Re-verification of NADRA CNICs
These features will all be easy to access under one roof which has been the problem with previous centers. The increased capabilities of each center will ensure that citizens get served quickly no matter what their needs are.
The interior minister stated that the ministry he heads had blocked about 324,000 CNICs for re-verification of authenticity. Of these, the minister stated, 150,000 CNICs will not see the light of day again due to permanently being blocked by the ministry. The remaining 174,000 CNICs will have re-verification and re-registration of persons for the various services they need.
Also on notice are about 600 officials who were involved in the setting up and running of the far CNICs. These officials, according to the minister for interior, will be charged according to the stipulations of the law as a way of streamlining the services offered by the ministry.