Historical move: NADRA gives jobs to eunuchs

Published: February 23, 2011
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Authority will train candidates on database processing.

Authority will train candidates on database processing.

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.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:57AM

    Great move. Well done NADRA. I think rest of our institutions should follow this example.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Feb 23, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Well done NADRA. There are enough eunuch compliant men in our halls of power that the real eunuchs deserve a break.Recommend

  • abdul moiz
    Feb 23, 2011 - 11:08AM

    No matte if nadra gave them jobs,it can’t change the hatefilled self righteous bigoted attitude we have towards the gay community in pakistan.

    Homophobia is rampant in our society.As with many other things wrong in our society,the maulvi has been at the forefront of this persecution.Many of these same maulvis rape little boys in their madrassas with impunity but breathe fire in sermons or on tv .

    There have been many instances where anchors have provided full opportunity to these hypocritical maulvis to spread their message of hate & bigotry.Recommend

  • ghulam-e-mustafa
    Feb 23, 2011 - 11:29AM

    The rabid mullahs are at the forefront of promoting discrimination & violence towards the gay community.The gays are as much a part of our society as the straight people.

    They don’t choose to be gay,they are born that way.No one would choose to be gay in a muslim country & face the kind of hate,bigotry,ridicule & violence that muslim societies dish out to the gay community. Recommend

  • zeeshan farhan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Homophobia is widespread across pakistan.This can be an important first step but change of attitudes is the most important thing.The religious barbarians will play their negative role as always but they have to be ignored if pakistan is to move forward in a positive fashion.Recommend

  • QAMAR
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Great Move!!!Recommend

  • Omer Farooq
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:19PM

    WOW – This society is growing up especially the Nadra’s HR!Recommend

  • SHAIQ ALI MIRZA
    Feb 24, 2011 - 1:29AM

    I welcome by core of my heart that a senior official of 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, but I request to those responsible Senior official in the Ministry of Interior who announced several times including our Honorable Prime Minister for the regularize all employees whose are working in NADRA from day 1 with using their skilled performance but unfortunately still they are suffering for job security.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Feb 24, 2011 - 3:18AM

    Great work NADRA. They are human beings and they should be given rights to live a prestegious life. We should end the culture of forcing them to beg on roads or put up a public dance show to earn their lives.Recommend

  • Mehnaz
    Feb 24, 2011 - 4:27AM

    Great news & a step in right direction! Hopefuly it continues in all other sectors of our society. Recommend

  • Aamir
    Feb 24, 2011 - 8:26AM

    I’m sure eunuchs will perform much better than current political regime…..way to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Feb 25, 2011 - 10:08PM

    Great news & a step in right direction! Hopefuly it continues in all other sectors of our societyRecommend

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