The National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) of Pakistan has introduced a new Smart National Identity Card for the citizens of the country. This Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) is a fundamental proof of identity for every Pakistani citizen, verifying their nationality and personal details.
The CNIC is an essential requirement for accessing both government and private services. These include voting rights, opening bank accounts, obtaining a passport, and availing of social welfare programs. Furthermore, for property transactions and vehicle registration, individuals are required to carry a valid CNIC as part of the documentation process.
In an effort to enhance security and prevent identity theft, fraud, and misuse of personal information, NADRA has incorporated biometric features into the new smart ID card. The card contains biometric data and serves as a means of identification for all citizens.
Previously, people used to avoid visiting NADRA’s offices due to various reasons. However, with the latest policies and digital innovation, individuals can now apply for their ID cards without having to visit NADRA offices.
The fee structure for the new Smart ID card for 2023 has not been specified in the context provided.
It is important to note that the gold rate in Pakistan fluctuates according to the international market, so the price is never fixed. As of September 20, 2023, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan was Rs 218,100.
This initiative by NADRA is a significant step towards digitization and enhanced security in Pakistan, providing citizens with a secure and convenient means of proving their identity.