PESHAWAR: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in collaboration with the World Bank, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and Economic Affair Division Islamabad has established 27 citizen facilitation centres in merged tribal districts.

This program comes under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Digital Initiative of the provincial government which is aimed at creating convenience for people in merged districts to get computerised national identity cards (CNICs) for overseas Pakistanis, child registration certificates, family registration certificates, birth registration, juvenile card, bank sub branches with ATM facilities, e-Sahulat, Naya Pakistan housing registration, ETO vehicle verification Islamabad, ID verification, mobile top-ups, livelihood support grant (LSG), child wellness grant and payment of utility bills under single roof.

Director General PDMA Sharif Hussain said that looking at its success in the merged tribal districts, citizen facilitation centres are being expanded to southern districts. He said work was underway on 16 facilitation centres in Dera Ismail Khan Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Tank from where the provision of facilities to the citizens would start soon. He said civil registration including marriage, death, divorce documents, federal arm license, passport data collection counters, BISP counter facilities were proposed services to be provided in these 16 citizen facilitation centres. He said the Economic Affair Division, Islamabad, Nadra and KP PDMA were collaborating these facilitation centres.

Second shift classes start in KP schools

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will commence second shift at schools from today (Wednesday) to promote education particularly in remote areas.

Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai said at a press conference that initially 120 schools, including 76 girls and 44 boys schools, had been selected in 16 districts across the province to start double shift.

He said that the first week had been slated for admission for the second shift programme and efforts would be made to bring maximum children to schools. He said that existing teachers at schools had been given the option to teach in second shifts, and added that Parents-Teachers Councils had been assigned the task to arrange teachers as stopgap arrangement. He said the initiative would generate 704 employment opportunities.

He said that the morning shift would not be disrupted. He said that introduction of a uniform education system was one of the major achievements of the present government.

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