National Database and Registration Authority, NADRA has issued 300,000 Watan Cards to flood affected families ensuring a transparent disbursal of 20 thousand rupees per family as announced by the Govt of Pakistan and so far 225,000 families have drawn more than 2.5 billion rupees this was stated by Tariq Malik Deputy Chairman NADRA in a statement issued today.
He said NADRA staff is consistently serving the people in the affected areas through 45 centers in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa and Sindh while similar efforts in the remaining areas are likely to be initiated by the end of the week.
He said NADRA’s role at these centers is restricted only to verify affected people according to the lists and data provided and notified by provincial governments while ensuring law and order and providing security at the centers is responsibility of local administration and respective provincial Governments.
He said that NADRA is striving on zero error policy to ensure that only deserving families are issued Watan Cards enabling them to draw benefits announced by the Govt. the system does not allow any human intervention giving space to corruption.
He said that unscrupulous elements for monetary gain manage to hoodwink common citizens before entering the centers but no NADRA staff has been found involved in any kind of corruption.
Tariq Malik added that due to strong checks in the software prepared for WATAN Cards the applicants who do not belong to notified calamity hit areas are not being processed by the system, the address of applicants is checked automatically by the NADRA software and if the area of residence of applicant is not notified by Provincial Govt under Calamity Act the application is immediately rejected. He said such people are blaming NADRA staff for corruption and creating rush and law and order situation at centers.
He said local DCOs and administrations are supposed to guide the flood victims to their concerned centers which will not only avoid influx of irrelevant people at the centers but would ensure security of staff at these sites enabling them to perform their duties more effectively without any hindrances.
He said by now NADRA has processed approximately 135,000 CNICs in lieu of fresh and duplicate cards free of cost to the flood affectees on emergency basis. Rejecting the impression that people are not being provided free of cost ID cards in Punjab, he said that no such instance has been reported to us and in fact, 65% of Watan cards were issued to the families residing in Punjab.
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