Some 100,000 Nepalis will receive national identity cards (IDs) with personal data, including biometric identity, within the current fiscal (2069-70 BS). Also called smart card, the ID is being distributed with the objective of providing unique ID numbers for each person by including details of each Nepali citizen in the national databank, state-owned news agency RSS reported.

The government has expedited preparations with an objective of distributing electronic ID by the end of the FY from any one constituency of the country having internet services. It has presented the framework for distribution of ID with thumb print to 100,000 citizens as a pilot project with aid from the Asian Development Bank at the Council of Ministers for approval. The National ID Management Centre will distribute ID within the next five years in three phases, centre’s executive director Narendra Dahal told RSS.

The cards will be distributed in 15 districts in the first phase, 25 in second and 35 in the third phase after the pilot project, he said, adding its detailed project report has been presented to ADB.

“We have submitted the international bidding proposal to ADB,” he said, adding works are on to complete it by appointing international consultant as the ADB has selected 38 districts for Information and Communication Technology Development. Dahal said full data, picture, thumb print, security traits, and biometric smart card chips will be included in the card with help from the Home Ministry, Ministry of General Administration and Nepal Telecom. The distribution will be completed at a cost of $14 million, and ADB has committed cooperation as far as possible, said ADB country director Kenichi Yokoyama.

He also said the project will help maintain electronic good governance.


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