ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Saturday said that National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) offices would be opened in every tehsil headquarters after consultation with Members National Assembly (MNAs) whether belonging to treasury or opposition benches.
Taking part in budget debate in National Assembly, he said that complete authority had been given to MNAs regarding opening of NADRA offices in their respective districts and tehsil headquarters. They might select the place for NADRA offices and also to guide in this regard, he added. He said that Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs) had started functioning in the erstwhile FATA and people including women and disabled persons were being served. He said that first NIC was free of cost while these MRVs would continue function there in future. The minister urged other cabinet members to highlight the performance of their respective ministries/divisions in the House so that people might know about their achievements. He said that e-passport system had been introduced in the country while passport could be obtained on the same day by depositing additional fee of Rs 2180.
He said that exit visa was also being made online while backlog of 300,000 visas had been cleared in his tenure. A member of Panel of Chairperson Amjad Khan Niazi was presiding over the proceedings when the interior minister opened his budget speech. The minister paid tributes to Chair”s father Sher Afgan Niazi and said that he was veteran politician as well as lawmaker and he (Sheikh Rashid) learnt parliamentary practices from him as a student. The chair also thanked him for his remarks.