KARACHI: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) offices, including the three megacentres in the metropolis, are to be opened across the province from Monday.
The working hours for NADRA offices will be from 10am to 4pm, four days a week from Monday to Thursday. The offices will be open from 10am to 1pm on Fridays.
According to the standard operating procedures, social distancing must be maintained. Citizens will have to wear face masks, while the staff must wear both face masks and gloves.
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Moreover, the officials have been directed to clean biometric identification devices with disinfectant after each use.
NADRA director-general Ameer Azam Durrani has appealed to the citizens to visit the NADRA offices only for issues like biometric verification or alteration in the information.
"Those visiting for new registrations and biometric verification will be prioritised after the offices start functioning on May 4," said Durrani, adding that citizens could visit the relevant offices to collect their computerised national identity cards (CNICs) after May 15.
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He further said that those holding NICs for overseas Pakistanis and Pakistan origin cards should make use of online services.
According to Durrani, the validity of CNICs expiring in the period from September 2019 to June 2020 have been extended till July 1.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2020.