CDA committed to improve civic amenities: Shahbaz

ISLAMABAD – To make it less cumbersome for the residents of the federal capital for whom getting birth and death certificates has always been a Herculean task, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Wednesday opened machine readable birth and death registration centre.

So far, the civic agency is maintaining the birth and death information manually that is in hard copy form. The move is aimed – as the Chairman CDA said – to streamline the registration and certification of birth and death and to improve quality of service delivery to the citizens.

The CDA introduced the system – in collaboration with NADRA and Plan International, a non-governmental organisation – of issuance of computerised certificates as part of civil registration and management system.

The facility was formally inaugurated by Chairman CDA Syed Tahir Shahbaz here at the office of Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) on Wednesday. Addressing on the occasion, Shahbaz said, CDA launched that centre in a bid to provide efficient and state-of-the-art registration facility to the residents of the capital, as part of ongoing municipal reforms in CDA.

He said newly introduced registration system would provide a complete database of all entries through forms and computerised printing of birth and death certificates. “This is a model project of Public-Private Partnership and will provide standardisation of document/ certificate across the country as well as connectivity with NADRA Central Database,” he added.

This is One Window Operation as documents will be received, processed and certificates will be issued under one roof. The centre has the facility to print the certificate both in English and Urdu languages.

This would also establish the authenticity of the certificate and eliminate fake documents, as each certificate will have a Unique ID No. The birth and death Registration Forms would be available on CDA Website.

Certificate once issued can be verified from any counter/office of NADRA, across the country. The system also provides security of the document/certificate, as it is printed on security paper with security features like watermark of photograph of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and with a provision of security thread and logos of NADRA and CDA on the top of paper.

The Chairman said that the CDA would welcome the suggestions from the media and the residents of the city for improving the civic amenities and development of the capital city.

He said that new human resource policy is being formulated to improve the efficiency of the employees and to streamline the recruitment procedure of the authority. He said that the board has imposed ban on construction of unplanned structures and licensing of the kiosks to restore the beauty of the federal capital. He said that all the officers of the authority would be working for the collective betterment of the city.

He said CDA would soon establish a control room to keep an eye on any sort of wrongdoing on part of CDA officials and to shun the corrupt practices in the Authority. Shahbaz said that monitoring would also be ensured in the Authority to enhance level of transparency.