Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah inaugurated on Tuesday a succession certificate one-widow operation system at National Data Registration Authority (NADRA) Mega Centre in Defence Housing Authority.
The facility will issue succession certificates and letters of administration within 15 days of receipt of the application.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by CM's Law Adviser Murtaza Wahab, NADRA DG Brigadier (retd) Talat, NADRA Karachi DG and other relevant officers.
Replying to a question, the CM said that Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lamented that the prime minister's residence, Bani Gala, was being regularised but the properties along Gujjar Nullah were being razed to the ground. The CM added that the Sindh government would implement the Supreme Court's decision regarding Nasla Tower and the builder of the residential building has been asked to compensate the owners and residents of the flats.
With regards to the one-window, Shah said that the Supreme Court evaluated that 30 per cent of judicial workload was of succession related issues, due to which other important matters faced delays. Therefore, the Sindh Assembly passed the succession law on April 28 and within six weeks it was published in the gazette and now it is being implemented by launching its counters at NADRA Centre, he said.
Shah said that NADRA was the custodian of citizens' data, therefore issuance of a succession certificate has been entrusted to them. "The issuance of succession certificates and letters of administration takes three to six months and sometimes five years in certain cases, therefore, it has been assigned to NADRA," he said.
"NADRA has started the issuance of both documents in Karachi today and from June 25 the facility would be available all over Sindh," the CM said, adding that Sindh has efficiently adopted the concept and has become the first province to implement the same as per their vision of utmost public convenience.
Shah thanked NADRA for providing the service. "Upon the death of any family member, legal heirs languish in courts for years before obtaining a letter of administration or succession certificate, as the case may be," the CM said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2021.