PANCHTHAR, Jan 11:The government has geared up its preparation to distribute national identity (NID) cards. National Identity Card Distribution Management Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs has exceeded its preparation for the final phase.
The government is preparing to distribute identity card to the officials of Singha Durbar and from Panchthar. According to the center, it will distribute 110,000 cards in Panchthar and another 7,000 cards to the civil servants working at Singha Durbar in the first phase.
The discussion with the chiefs of government offices and local representatives about the importance of national ID card and necessary criteria and process of obtaining it along with the publicity campaign for the national identity card has started, Executive Director of the centre Ram Krishna Subedi informed.
Subedi stated that the officials are deployed in the field for personal details collection. He said, “We are planning to distribute card mid-February.”
“It will take more than five years to distribute national identity cards to citizens across the country.” Subedi said. The national identity card will distribute only to Nepalese citizenship holders.
The government had first brought up the idea of national identity cards in fiscal 2008. However, the cabinet had approved the criteria fixed for the cards on December 28 last year.
Neighboring country India, Pakistan, Srilanka and Bangladesh have adopted national identity card system.