National ID Card Project Speeds Up | 30 Lakh to Receive the Smart IDs First

Nepal government’s National ID Card project speeds up with 30 lakh in line to receive their federal ID cards this year. Department of National ID and Civil Registration (DoNIDCR) which operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs has accelerated its National ID campaign in recent months.

The Department’s Director-General Tirtharaj Bhattarai said to Gorakhapatra that allowing the District Administration Offices and 17 Area Administration Offices to issue the National IDs has helped gain speed in the project.

Bhattarai says the department (DoNIDCR ) has collected personal detail of 47 lakh and verified 42 lakh of them. Out of them, 30 lakh will receive their National ID card.

National ID Cards Are Digital And More Secure

The chip-equipped smart ID card contains the card holder’s citizenship detail, photo, the fingerprint of ten fingers, the retina of both eyes, and a digital signature. In addition, a 10 digit security code will also be assigned to every citizen’s ID Federal ID card.

Recently Nepal government began issuing e-passport for which citizens can pre-enroll here. This has made it more relevant that federally distributed ID cards issued soon. This is because the government seeks a National ID unique number for electronic passport authentication.

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Bhattarai says, “National ID cards are more crucial even from the perspective of personal data security.” He adds, “E-passport mandatorily requires the unique number assigned for the National ID card. This is why the issuing of these IDs has gathered pace due to the necessity.”

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National ID Cards To Be Issued As Per Population Density

Department of National ID and Civil Registration will issue digital national ID cards as per population density. The Department will establish up to 4 ID cards desk to distribute the smart IDs.

Passport Department has continued its distribution of National IDs. Besides, eligible citizens can apply for their own at to issue the digital IDs. A separate desk will soon be set up for people outside the valley. Another National ID desk will be installed for Bhaktapur and Kathmandu soon.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also called for the concerned authorities to speed up the distribution of National ID cards. Department of Passport Director-General Dornath Aryal has suggested that the Federal ID cards must be distributed at an accelerated pace nationwide.  

The National ID project adheres to Article 51 in the constitution that pledges to develop an integrated federal ID card management system and manage data of the citizens. It also mandates that this national ID link with the state services and facilities for the citizens.  

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National ID card, e-passport plus the integrated Nagarik App to deliver the public services online has been some of the key reinforcements of the Digital Nepal Framework. This has also brought convenience to the general public who can now acquire major government servicers anywhere on the go.

Have you received your National ID yet card or enrolled for an E-Passport? How did you find the process in your experience? Do share with us in the comments below.

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