NID blunders due to lack of skilled labor

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Initial errors plaguing national identity cards (NIDs) are due to lack of skilled manpower, Justice Minister Anisul Huq has said.

“Most of them are misspellings,” he said, answering a question from Jatiya party MP Shamim Haider Patwary during Thursday’s parliamentary session.

According to the minister, the voter database was created in 2007-08 after collecting information through the biometric system.

After that, the Electoral Commission gave the opportunity to make corrections, but many did not, according to Huq.

Starting in 2012, all voter information was stored centrally, helping to reduce errors in NIDs, he said.

“However, most correction requests are not valid. Many documents have to be reviewed to dispose of these appeals, which takes time,” he added.

The minister said that in order to speed up the process, the government has launched an online card management system where people can request corrections from home at (www.services.nidw.gov.bd).

Moreover, the services of the NID have been decentralized, he said, adding that the upgrade of the database has made it possible to provide continuous service in this regard.

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