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PM to inaugurate smart ID cards distribution Sunday

  • Published at 10:00 am October 1st, 2016
  • Last updated at 10:25 am October 1st, 2016
PM to inaugurate smart ID cards distribution Sunday
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the distribution of the smart NID cards on Sunday at a function at Osmany Memorial Hall in Dhaka. After the inaugural programme, smart NID cards would be first handed over to the president, the prime minister and members of national cricket team, said SM Asaduzzaman Arzu, EC secretariat director (public relations), reports BSS. The distribution of NID cards will begin in two city corporations in Dhaka and in a remote area in Kurigram the following day. Then smart cards would be distributed at upazila, municipality, union and ward levels in phases. The Election Commission (EC) will distribute the machine-readable smart national identity (NID) cards among 10 crore citizens, replacing the existing laminated cards. Election Commissioner M Shah Newaz earlier said the EC would collect biometric details, impression of 10 fingers and picture of iris of the card holders during the distribution of smart cards. For being machine readable the smart cards have additional safety measures against forgery. EC officials said the number of voters in the country is about 10 crore at present. A total of 8,1058,698 citizens got laminated NID cards eight years ago for the first time. To maintain security of the smart cards, 25 international certifications and standards have been ensured. The microchips in smart cards will contain all information of a citizen. The card holders will get 22 types of services, including banking, TIN, driving license and passport. The smart NID cards would be given free of cost, EC officials said. But the cardholder will have to pay a fixed amount of money if he or she goes to collect a new one after losing it twice.
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