Women can now choose to enter husband’s name in computerized national identity cards (CNIC). The women may also choose to keep their father’s name in the CNIC.
Nadra Chairman Tariq Malik on Friday said that revolutionary steps are taken to increase the power of women for registration and protect their rights. Malik said that they have reduced the existing registration gap between women and men from 14% to 10% in 100 days.
He elaborated on the efforts of Nadra while addressing the 14th Annual Rural Women Conference. “The unit is reviewing all policies to enhance women registration, whether it is linked with awareness or outreach,” he said.
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“Within few months, approximately 40 million households have validated their family members through dedicated service 8009,” he added.
“The CNIC is just not a plastic card. It not only protects the rights of women but also empowers them to benefit from the government policies and steps.”
He further added that Nadra has taken steps to register minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Dalits, and Jews.
The conference was organized to improve the economic conditions of rural women. Nearly, 500 women from 109 districts attended the conference. The conference acknowledged their role in economics and condemned violence against them.
Conference called for an end to forced conversion of women, legislation to criminalize gender-based violence, and provision of adequate employment opportunities for women.
Nadra has been taking different steps to increase the performance of the organization. Earlier, Pakistan’s National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) had gone through a major reshuffling in the administrative frame, reshuffling 12 Director Generals.
This happened following reports of criminal activity in its Karachi office. According to recent reports, as many as 39 employees were issuing fake CNICs in NADRAs regional head office.
According to national media reports, 9 out of the 12 officers are retired army officers who have been placed on key structural assignments, mentioned in the notification issued by the NADRA administration.