ISLAMABAD - The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has formed a special cell to continuously coordinate with all Provincial Disaster Management Authorities and Cabinet Division to immediately respond to an unwarranted emergency situation in the shortest possible time.

In his comment, Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik said with over 534 registration centres, 236 mobile registration vehicles, 74 semi mobile registration units and over 200 special centres manned by trained staff, Nadra is fully prepared to immediately respond to government’s call in hour of need, said a press release.

Nadra has been continuously supporting government in conducting relief and rehabilitation activities in crisis and both natural and man-made disaster-hit areas of the country for the past seven years.

Since 2005, Nadra has utilized its own resources and used latest technological advancement in executing various successful cash transfer programs of the government that include Citizen Damage Compensation Program (Support for 1.7 million flood affected families in Phase I and for estimated 1.2 million house-holds in Phase II), BISP for IDPs (Support to over 316,000 IDPS of SWAT and Malakand), Pakistan Card (Support for over 1.2 million Rain/Flood Affected Families of Sindh Province), IDP Project (Support for over 378,000 Internally Displaced Population of Swat /Malakand region and 42,000 IDPs of South Waziristan Agency), Hunza IDP Project (Support of Rs. 600,000 to 457 effected families of Attabad Lake), ERRA (Support for Earthquake affected population of Azad Kashmir and KPK).

Tariq Malik said that transparency in cash transfer program in any social development sector amongst the beneficiaries of any kind of disaster is most difficult challenge that Nadra has achieved successfully.

For last seven years, the dedication and high standards set by Nadra has not only resulted in successful identification, registration through biometric verification of over 8.2 million beneficiaries for various support initiatives of the government but it has also aided in transparent disbursement of over Rs. 120 billion in shortest possible time, he added.

“These achievements have not only gained international recognition for best use of technology in achieving transparency but have also been adopted by the international donor agencies including World Bank as the best case studies for cash transfer programs for replication throughout the world,” he said.