Home ministry given charge of issuing NID
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The government has handed over the responsibility of issuing National Identity Cards (NID) to the home ministry by approving a draft of the National NID Registration Act 2022 in principle.
The approval came at a cabinet meeting held Monday, presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam briefed the media on the matter.
After the new law comes into force, Bangladesh citizens will be registered for NID immediately after birth, the cabinet secretary informed.
According to the previous 2010 law, it was the election commission that issued NID for citizens. Now, with the approval of the new act, the Security Services Division under the Ministry of Home Affairs gets the responsibility.
The previous Act had 32 sections, which have been reduced to 15, the cabinet secretary said.
He asked everyone concerned to review the law to keep the new law close to the previous law.
The secretary of the council of ministers said that the election commission can take the information from the NID and conduct the voting process if it wishes.
He said the election commission uses NID data to make its voter list.
“Because the voter list is prepared using data from citizens over 18 years of age, we have already made a digital structure with an interoperability system. As result, the election commission will be able to take data from the home ministry,” he added.
All the registrations are being brought in Unique ID, Birth ID or Voter ID, these will be registered in one ID, he further said, adding that the present act will continue until the newly approved one is gazetted.