|Dawn: Dated 16th July, 2009|
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The National Database and Registration Authority has so far distributed about 155,348 cash disbursement cards among the internally displaced persons, enabling them to draw about Rs2.407 billion. Out of the total, about 145,407 cards have been activated and the remaining are in the process of activation. The government has spared about Rs3.63 billion for IDPs, out of which Rs2.407 billion has been drawn, said NADRA’s Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik in a statement. Had the NADRA not been consulted regarding the task of registering IDPs, he said, even non-eligible would have grabbed the IDPs’ share. According to his estimate, about Rs1.314 billion could have gone to wrong hands. Malik said that NADRA had made the process of registration and verification transparent by preparing one single unified list which enabled the government to properly identify the affected people and make efficient arrangements for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in collaboration with its partners.
NADRA has so far received data of 664,818 displaced families after their registration by various agencies and of them only 289,251 were found eligible based on the criteria jointly set by the provincial and federal governments and the Special Support Group. After receiving the data, NADRA verifies it and sends authentic figures to the United Bank Limited for printing cash disbursement cards. The bank delivers the data to card distribution points. At the distribution points, NADRA staff captures photograph and biometrics of IDPs for verification and hand over cards to verified IDPs. Malik said that the registration exercise had been designed in a manner that un-distributed cards could be delivered to IDPs even after their return to their homes. They would be able to use the cards without any problem, he added.