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Sunday June 23, 2024

IGP orders launch of online driving licence service

By Salis bin Perwaiz
June 09, 2024
Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon chairs a meeting on March 25, 2024. — Screengrab via Facebook/Sindh Police
Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon chairs a meeting on March 25, 2024. — Screengrab via Facebook/Sindh Police

Sindh Police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon has ordered launching the online driving licence service from next week.

Officials said on Friday the provincial inspector general of police presided over a meeting regarding the launch of online driving licences and making the process easy. The meeting was attended by the DIGs of driving licence, establishment, headquarters, IT, finance and other police officers.

DIG Driving Licence Branch Sindh Iqbal Dara briefed the participants on the agenda of the meeting and said the online driving licence service would be activated from next week. The move is aimed at providing citizens with facilities such as issuance of learning licences at home and renewal of international driving licences.

Apart from this, the details of the candidate’s data, licence fee, and the bank receiving the fee will also be available in the online facility. He said that for renewal of the driving licence and permanent licence, citizens will have to submit a medical fitness and Form B from an authorised private or government hospital only.

DIG Dara said all the rules and regulations regarding online renewal of driving licences for overseas Pakistanis are also under consideration, including medical fitness or Form B.

The IGP directed the meeting that issuance of online learning driving licences should be started on an experimental basis. While expanding this initiative in the near future, all the necessary things should be done to introduce the mobile van facility for the convenience of citizens and to provide them with learning licences at their doorsteps.

He said the purpose of issuing online driving licences is to provide adequate facilities of modern technology to the citizens. With the use of this modern technology, the overall data of driving licences will definitely be digitized and all the details will be revealed at just one click and at the same time the online facility will also improve the order of records of different categories of driving licences.

Earlier, IGP Memon ordered issuance of new police service cards to 140,000 personnel of the Sindh police.

Officials said a meeting was briefed about the tender and details under the rules and regulations for the issuance of new police service cards to police personnel in a briefing given by the DIG Establishment. He said a final decision has also been taken regarding the structure, design, colour and registration of necessary data in the card.

Memon directed that new police service cards should be the same for all officers and personnel in terms of structure, colour and design.

He also sought suggestions from the meeting regarding the use of technology in these cards and said necessary technical issues should also be made feasible regarding tracking in police service cards and the use of modern technology related to police data.

He directed that issuance of new cards should be simplified under a one-window operation. The aim is to make the duties of police officers and jawans easier and more effective.

In addition, he said that as soon as the issuance of service cards starts, it should be continued uninterrupted until the process is completed. He said new police service cards should also have a separate mark for disabled police personnel on the pattern of Nadra.