The National Registration and Database Authority (Nadra) are all set to issue the same smart card for children under the age of 18, after launch of Chip based Smart National Identity Card (SNIC) for Adult population of Pakistan, Nadra said.
The chip-based card will be distinguished from CRC as it will become an ‘entitlement document’ with multiple facilities. The launch of this state-of-the-art Smart Identity Card is to extend an experience of Hi-Tech security solution for the protection of juveniles’ identity.
Card’s Main Features:
- Advanced Biometric Identity for Children.
- Card Will have Children’s Photo.
- Complete Address
- Education Details
- Vaccination Record
- Card will be helpful in Educational Institutes and the Embassies of different countries.
Meanwhile, Nadra Chairman Tariq Malik said the chip-based Smart Identity Card for the children will offer multi-dimensional usage and services, health, educational, social and financial inclusion programmes. The new card for children shall be capable of holding applications and data from the health, education and social sector such as vaccination records, academic records and polio registrations, he added.
Malik said the introduction of a Smart Identity Card will be beneficial for both the citizens and the Government of Pakistan not only as an identity document but also as a medium of storing data from the health, education and social sector on the chip.
He said the card will be clearly marked as invalid for under-18 till the child’s date of 18th birthday and shall incorporate all features of a Smart NIC for citizens including photograph, name, father’s name, date of birth and address. Biometrics shall be captured for children over the age of 15 as per the specified accepted age of juvenile biometrics for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Such Child Smart Card carrying biometric data shall be valid beyond the age of 18 as Smart NICs also.
Malik said that like smart identity card this card will also be the safest and most secure card because it cannot be replicated or forged. He said a chip will be fitted into the card which helps the government to provide all out facilities like health and education record, life insurance and financial assistance in case of calamity to this specific segment of society.
Nadra currently issues Child Registration Certificate (CRC) for registration of children under the age of 18. CRC is printed on A4 sized secure paper holding the child’s name, gender and date of birth.
There is no picture of the child on the CRC. However, the new Smart Card will carry child’s picture with biometric record. This card is not mandatory. CRC (B-Form) shall remain valid and NADRA shall continue to issue the same as per registration policy in vogue.
“NADRA is empowering government with a medium to transform into a welfare state by launching multi-faced Smart Card platform”, Said Tariq Malik