NADRA launches Free SMS Service for verification


National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has launched a mobile SMS service in collaboration with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and all operating telecom companies to determine a person’s existence in the beneficiary list for Pakistan Card project to facilitate the rain affected people in checking the status of their requests.
Deputy Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik, stated this in a statement issued here on Friday.
He said that 47 centers of NADRA are operational in six districts i.e. Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Shaheed Benazirabad Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar and Sanghar whereas other 15 centers on completing its task are now addressing the complaints from genuine beneficiaries, who were unable to get registration for Pakistan Cards. He pointed out that throughout the process, NADRA ensured strong checks in the software so that only deserving families belonging to provincially notified calamity hit areas could obtain Pakistan Cards.
Tariq Malik informed that NADRA has so far issued 592,651 Pakistan Cards in total to heads of the rain-affected families in Sindh. 105,455 Pakistan cards in Mirpurkhas, 240,227 in Badin, 79,946 in Tando Mohammad Khan and 156,324 in Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), 8011 in Tando Allahyar and 2684 in Sanghar have been issued.
He said that the eligibility of the applicant for Pakistan card can be checked by simply sending his/her CNIC number to the designated short code i.e. 9777. In response, a text message will be sent from NADRA central server confirming CNIC existence in the beneficiary list. The intent to use this service is to assist provincial and local governments to curtail down rush at the centers and to help the flood victims by using technology while this service is free of cost, he added.
NADRA, in addition to setting up centers, has also mobilized its mobile resources MRVs (Mobile Registration Vans) to process CNIC free of cost in all affected areas in coordination with the public representatives and district administrators, he added.
He said that NADRA has also issued 77,833 free of cost CNICs so far among the flood/ rain-hit victims.


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