Government issued first digital ID card in Panchthar

The Kathmandu Post - eKantipur

The government has begun to issue biometric-based digital ID card from Monday. The first digital national ID card was distributed in Phidim by Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa. 101 years old Bhagwati Bhandari, a native of Phidim Municipality-4 received the first digital national ID card from Home Minister Thapa.

During the program of distributing digital ID card, Minister Thapa said: “it will be a historic step to make Nepal digitalize, within three years the digital national ID card will be distributed in all the districts.”

The program which was started eight years ago came into implementation after a long time.

 Around 59 thousand names have been registered for distributing digital card, 52 thousands of them are a resident of Panchthar, and 7 thousand of them are high government officials based in Panchthar.

The government has planned to distribute digital card in 4 phases. The inauguration day has been considered as the first phase. In the second phase the digital maps will be distributed in 15 different districts, similarly, in third phase total of 25 areas will acquire the digital card and in the last phase, it will be dispersed in 36 communities.

The card will include family name, given name, address, father’s name, mother’s name, the photo along with four fingerprints of both thumbs and two index fingers. Similarly, each card will have a unique identification number.

Chomendra Neupane, director at the National ID Management Centre, informed the ID recipient would be notified through SMS requesting them to collect the card once the officials are prepared to issue the documents. The SMS alert system is functioning effectively, he added.

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