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An international contract of $84 million of scanning, digitising and delivery of captured data for identity cards of the Government of Sri Lanka is slipping from the hands of Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) after the authority has been subjected to unnecessary criticism over voter verification process, sources say.

The sources said that Nadra’s credibility had been badly damaged after the political parties started criticising it and Nadra has started getting vibes from the Sri Lankan government that they might not award Nadra the contract for issuance of fresh ID cards to Sri Lankan citizens.

The sources said that Nadra had won the multi-million dollar international contract in 2013 and had completed the first phase and it was most likely that it would win the second phase of the project too, which is worth $84 million but the political parties started criticising Nadra for a crime it never committed and because of it, the Sri Lankan government might give a second thought to its decision. “Nadra has started getting the vibes from Sri Lanka and things are not in its favour,” the sources added.

In 2013, Nadra by successfully executing identification-related projects in a number of developing countries, including Sudan, Nigeria and Kenya broke the international monopoly once enjoyed by the western companies. Nadra had won the first phase of the Sri Lankan government’s identity cards project, through open bidding.

The international driver’s licence system of Bangladesh was also delivered on BOT (build, operate and transfer) basis, and the authority assisted the UNHCR in the registration of Afghan nationals residing in Pakistan as well.

Sri Lanka floated international tenders for its computerised identity cards project back in 2007. Nadra’s bid was one of the most technically competent almost half the price of the competitors.

However, the tender was scrapped at that time. In 2013, the Sri Lankan government invited bids once again and Nadra was declared the successful bidder for the first phase. Consequently, it carried out the first of the three-phase project, which amounted to 715 million in Sri Lankan rupees and was focused on the digitisation of legacy data of over 9 million forms.

In the second phase, Nadra would issue fresh ID cards to Sri Lankan citizens. Of late, Nadra also objected to interference of political parties in its internal affairs at a crucial time when the authority is busy in the process of voter verification in disputed constituencies and being presented as witness before the judicial commission. (gulftoday)
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  • BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:53 PM

    This is not by the present government but by the MaRa regime as gift for supporting at the UN on war crimes issues.

    Kasun Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:02 PM

    @srilankan: your numbers are wrong. its $4 per person.

    One Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:24 PM

    Sri Lankan...where did you learn to calculate project expenses this way from our politicos on how they calculated per KM of our highways...Pls check out your head before commenting via DM Android App

    Chinwi Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:24 PM

    Incorrect. $84Million / $21 million = just 4 Dollars. no millions . Simple mathematics .... Not so simple ne ?

    navin Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:49 AM

    Please give it to a developed and trust worthy country like Singapore or HK. Do not look who bids less because its our countries future. and security is very important.

    Kumar Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:28 PM

    You must be really good at your maths!

    warra Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:38 PM

    This is good news. Giving out personal details to a developing country that has history of terrorism is not a good idea. There would be terrorist in our names. Who ever awarded this bid in the previous regime must have got a good deal :)

    asfar Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:58 PM

    why outsourcing everything ?

    VJ Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:59 PM

    Nice work genius. Seems you cant do even simple math. 84,000,000 / 21,000,000 = 4That means it only costs less than 550 rupees to issue the new identity card...

    mountain Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:35 AM

    Still we are only labourers we are thinking about SUPER POWER. via DM Android App

    lkboy Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:30 AM

    Wont be surprised if we see fake NICs coming from Pakistan with narcotics.

    John Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:36 AM

    SL certainly choose wisely.......Pakistan for ID cards?!

    Lawry Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:42 AM

    Mannnnnnn what will Wimal and company do with their Identity Cards? Bandula will say the words Identity Cards are not filthy words. Vasu will have no apology to Pakistan.

    Talking Point Wednesday, 03 June 2015 02:23 PM

    We all thought that you knew your Math until you made this comment! Is it not $4 per person ?

    Mason Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:53 AM

    Why get another country to do our Identity Cards. Could this not be done here ?

    wele suda Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:54 AM

    We are making advanced software to run worlds stock markets but our stupid gov donating this easy project to someone else.. and $80 million !!

    citizen Wednesday, 03 June 2015 02:35 PM

    pakistanis will get our IDs and settle down here

    ND Wednesday, 03 June 2015 02:38 PM

    Learn your mathematics before jumping into conclusions

    conradab Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:24 AM

    What a foolish decision was this by the previous regime. handing over the entire countries data base to another country and this too to Pakistan. ???

    Dumbo Wednesday, 03 June 2015 04:15 PM

    Incorrect math and logic. Not all 21 million will be entitled for an ID. Does a kid born today have an ID tomorrow and counted for population count?

    srilankan Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:23 PM

    $84 Million for 21 Million people ? Simple mathematics $4 Million per person !


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