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Sindh CM asks federal govt to issue CNICs in rural areas before census

KARACHI (JAN 04, 2017): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the people in rural areas need computerised national identity cards (CNIC) before census.

During a meeting to review the forthcoming housing and population census here at the CM House today, Shah said that the provincial government has approached the federal government to mobilise special teams of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to issue CNICs in the rural areas.

Chief Secretary Sindh informed the chief minister that possessing CNIC was mandatory to count households and head counts (head of the family).

The CM House spokesperson said that the chief minister has directed the chief secretary to talk to the federal government and request them to mobilise special NADRA team to issue CNICs to the people who have failed to get their cards so far.

“There must be 100 percent coverage of NADRA in terms of issuing CNICs to the people of the province,” said the CM, adding that he wants that everyone must be counted at right place.

The first phase of house listing will take place from March 15 to March 17, 2017 while the second phase would start from April 25 to May 26, 2017.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.