All union councils to have Nadra centres: Naqvi

Biometric machines will be installed at these locations to facilitate and ease the process for the public

By Shakeel Anjum
May 18, 2024
Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi. — Facebook/Mohsin Naqvi/File

ISLAMABAD: Computerised National Identification Cards (CNICs) will soon be made and renewed at the union council level across Pakistan.


Biometric machines will be installed at these locations to facilitate and ease the process for the public.

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi announced these substantial decisions for public convenience during his visit to the National Database Regulatory Authority Nadra) Headquarters on Friday.

The minister ordered the formulation of an effective strategy to eliminate the mafia involved in making fake CNICs and compromising national security.

Naqvi said that the provision of CNIC services at the union council level would allow people to access these services in their ancestral areas. The plan is set to be initiated and finalised in a few days.

He emphasised that biometric machines will be installed at union councils nationwide to improve the identification card system, making it more secure, efficient, and faster. During his visits to Nadra centres, Naqvi evaluated the situation and noted the difficulties faced by the public. He stressed the need for a plan to streamline the process at Nadra centres and ensure the timely completion of services.

The minister instructed authorities to finalise a plan within a week to increase the number of Nadra centres in six major cities: Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi. He directed immediate steps to establish more centres in these cities.

During his tour of the Nadra operational room, Naqvi was briefed on the digital monitoring system across Pakistan.

The minister appreciated the efforts of Nadra Chairman Lieutenant-General (retd) Muhammad Munir Afsar and his team.

A meeting chaired by Minister Naqvi was held in the conference room of Nadra Headquarters, where various proposals were reviewed to make Nadra more user-friendly for the public.