LAHORE - National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has exempted 7.4 million senior citizens from renewal of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC) as they have reached the age of 65. The NADRA has declared their CNICs valid for lifetime, Deputy Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik stated this in a statement issued here on Friday. Mr Malik said that if an applicant gets his/her CNIC renewed after the age of 56, his/her CNIC is declared valid for life time which would be mentioned on his/her CNIC and he/she would not have to renew it again. So far NADRA has issued 22, 000 CNICs printed with life time validity for senior citizens. He added that 3.28 million females and 4.11 million males senior citizens have been exempted from renewal of CNICs. Moreover, he clarified that the people whose age is 65 or more do not need to visit NADRA centres to obtain a 'lifetime valid CNIC, even if expiry date mentioned on their CNIC has already passed. He urged the people less than 65 years old to get their CNICs renewed immediately to avoid any inconvenience in legal, financial and other matters where a valid CNIC is compulsory. Tariq Malik said that demographic data of citizens is vital for analysis and planning for overall betterment of the country, which needs to be updated so that various development projects can be efficiently designed and executed. He said that the policy of CNIC expiry after a specific period ensures that the data of each individual is regularly updated. Identity cards renewal protects citizens and their data updates protect them against identity theft. Renewal of CNIC also facilitates capturing of applicants data as per new technology and procedures, e.g.; currently capturing of 10 finger/thumb impressions instead of 4 and 2 finger/impressions as done in previous years, he added.