ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has appointed eunuchs as Data Entry Operators for the first time in the history of the country, The Express Tribune learnt on Tuesday.
A senior official in the Ministry of Interior said three eunuchs will be designated as NADRA officials on the post of data entry operators. He said those selected will be appointed in provincial headquarters of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
The official said the appointment has been made on merit through proper screening, following the announcement of jobs in newspapers. The authority will also provide proper training of database processing to the people employed.
The authority has planned to initially appoint seven people at the provincial level to help members of the gender specific community in processing Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs), he added.
The official said NADRA has received a good response from applicants from Sindh and KP. Eunuchs did not show any interest in working in Lahore, he said.
All candidates must have a three months diploma in a computer course and a medical certificate from their district medical superintendent confirming their gender.
He said that the appointment letters have been prepared and they will be dispatched to their respective addresses soon.
The official added that one of the candidates appointed is doing his LLB, while the other two have a BA and a matriculation degree.
The representatives of eunuchs’ rights associations, including renowned activists Almaas Bobby and Shazia Choudhary have appreciated the matter of registration and related issues of recognition, identification and thereafter employment opportunities for eunuchs.
The Supreme Court had directed the government to issue computerised national identity cards as well as job opportunities to the community.
When contacted, NADRA’s media manager confirmed that eunuchs have been appointed in the authority and an appropriate training course is being arranged for them.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2011.