Issuance of CNICs to transgender persons be expedited: chief secretary


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani on Thursday said that as per orders of the Supreme Court, the process of issuance of computerised national identity cards (CNICs) to transgender persons would be made simple and easy.

He said that facilitation centres should be set up in all districts for issuance of CNICs through NADRA’s mobile van under one window operation.

He issued these directions while presiding over a meeting to review the progress on issuance of CNICs to transgender persons at the Civil Secretariat.

Addressing the meeting, the chief secretary said that in the light of Supreme Court’s order, a monitoring committee had been set up at the provincial level and implementation committees had been set up in districts. He directed the relevant departments to take all possible steps for the wellbeing of transgender persons and ordered that an awareness and community mobilisation campaign be launched to speed up the process of registration.

He also issued instructions regarding the submission of implementation report about issuance of CNICs regularly.

Social Welfare secretary told the meeting that after the Supreme Court’s directions, 201 cases of CNICs had been referred to NADRA.

He said that establishment of a community centre for transgender persons had been approved in the Annual Development Programme (ADP).

The meeting was attended by secretaries of different departments, officers concerned and representatives of the transgender community.