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New e-Governance initiative in Pakistan

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Sindh Minister for Information Technology, Muhammad Raza Haroon, said that Civil Registration Management System (CRMS) will help the government plan and implement e-Governance in the country efficiently.

He was addressing as chief guest at a seminar on CRMS which was arranged by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) at a local hotel. While lauding the role of NADRA, the Minister said that with the technical support of the Authority regarding training of local governments a catalyst change in the society is expected.

On the occasion, Director General NADRA, Zahid Hussain, said regarding CRMS the negotiations are under way to operationalize 345 union councils across the country.

The minister informed that there are 6,550 union councils/TMAs/Cantonment boards in the country, out of which 6,205 are operational.  He said that the current project of NADRA with the help of UNFPA will support CRMS in the rural areas of the country where performance is comparatively low. He said that this short term project meant for seven months will be transformed into a long term programme for five years.

He told the gathering that teams of CRMS Directorate are working day and night in coordination with UNFPA to develop a comprehensive strategy for the implementation of the project throughout Pakistan. In the first stage of AWP Annual work plan, successful training/workshop activities have been conducted in the rural areas of Sindh including Badin, MirpurKhas and Hyderabad with the cooperation of respective local governments. It was stated that NADRA started CRMS as a pilot project in Lahore in 2004 with collaboration of the then local government.

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