Messaging Service for Distributing Watan Cards
The DAWN: Dated 28 September 2010

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has launched SMS service in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for transparent distribution of Watan Cards and lodging complaints.


The project will help NADRA centres set up in flood-hit areas to determine a person’s existence in the beneficiary list for Watan Cards. The service will not only handle recurring complaints about issuing of Watan Cards but also enable the authorities to curtail down rush at the centres by checking eligibility of the applicant by simply sending his CNIC number to designated short code 9888.

Tariq Malik, NADRA ’s deputy chairman, said in a statement here on Monday that a text message would be sent from NADRA central server confirming CNIC existence in the beneficiary list.

For complaints, a text message containing two CNICs pertaining to the same area – CNIC of a beneficiary and of the complainant – would be sent on the designated short code to launch a complaint.

“We have people complaining that they live close by or in a neighbourhood, and one of them is declared beneficiary but other is deprived by the provincial governments.

This service will be able to register a complaint and we can address the issue with local authorities,” Mr Malik said. “The intent is not to point fingers but to help provincial and local governments to help the flood victims,” he said

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