Innovative e-passport system to be introduced in two months, NA Body informed

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior was informed that Directorate General Immigration and Passport would introduce an innovative E-Passport System within next two months to ensure maximum facilitation to the applicants.

The system has been developed at a cost of Rs. 534 million and can be termed as clean, secured and fully automated, Director General, Passport and Immigration, Ishrat Ali apprised the parliamentary body which was chaired by Member of National Assembly (MNA) Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz here on Wednesday.

The meeting was also attended by MNAs including Sher Akbar Khan, Ijaz Ahmed Shah, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai, Mohammad Akhtar Mengal, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti, Syed Iftikhar ul Hassan, Nadeem Abbas, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Nawab Mohammad Yousaf Talpur, Abdul Qadir Patel, Maulana

Abdul Akbar Chitrali (Mover) and senior officers of ministry of interior, Immigration and Passport Office, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Database

and Registration Authority (NADRA).

In a briefing regarding performance and new projects of the Directorate, the DG Passport said the new system, having a chip, would help improve security.

He said both the new and old systems would be run simultaneously, however, initially the fee under E-Passport System would be a bit higher.

He said in view of increasing demand, the Directorate has proposed an allocation of Rs 244.73 million for the year 2019-20 to establish regional passport offices in Mandi Bahauddin, Sukkur, MuzaffarAbad, Sialkot, Abbottabad and Bannu.

Of the total allocation, Rs 150 million has been sought for Immigration

Passport Complex (IMPASS).

The meeting was informed that FIA as part of its campaign has nabbed 2675 human smugglers during 2018 while the number of Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) interceptions was 3724 during 2018.

The number of such interception during 2017 was 1727.

Director General (Operations) NADRA informed the Committee that all measures were being adopted to facilitate those seeking Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) and other services of the Authority.

He said the mega facilitation centers, running in major cities of the country round the clock, are providing state of the art facilities to the CNIC seekers and helping to meet the growing rush.

Upon request of some Senators, the DG said, the Authority has established its Centres at different Tehsil levels, however, mobile vans and motorcycles can be sent to remote parts of the country to get the citizens registered.

The meeting was also informed that special committees have been constituted at Deputy Commissioner (DC) level in districts to decide CNIC cases which have been blocked during re-verification process.

The DG said 38,682 blocked CNICs have been cleared while 1, 23,000 blocked cards are still in process of clearing.

Earlier, the Members demanded that the implementation report of projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) be submitted to the Committee on monthly basis.