The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) launched a mobile SMS service in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and all operating telecom companies to determine if a citizen is included in the beneficiary list for the Pakistan Card project. The project facilitates rain-affected people to check the status of their requests.
The Deputy Chairman of Nadra Tariq Malik made this announcement in a statement issued by Nadra.
He said that out of 62 centers, 47 are operational in Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Shaheed Benazirabad Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar and Sanghar whereas 15 other centers are now addressing the complaints rom genuine beneficiaries who were unable to register for the Pakistan Cards.
He pointed out that throughout the process, Nadra ensured strong checks in the software so that only deserving families belonging to provincially notified calamity-hit areas could obtain the cards.
Tariq Malik said that Nadra has so far issued 592,651 Pakistan Cards to the heads of rain-affected families in Sindh. 105,455 cards have been distributed in Mirpurkhas, 240,227 in Badin, 79,946 in Tando Mohammad Khan and 156,324 in Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), 8011 in Tando Allahyar and 2684 in Sanghar.
How to verify a Pakistan Card
To verify the card, simply send your CNIC number to 9777. In response, a text message will be sent from Nadra confirming if the CNIC is on the beneficiary list.
Nadra is also setting up centers and has mobilized its mobile resources Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs) to process CNICs free of charge in all affected areas in coordination with the public representatives and district administrators.
The deputy chairman said that Nadra has also issued 77,833 CNICs free of cost so far among the rain victims.
A version of this post originally appeared on ProPakistani.