PM orders new passport counters in NADRA centres

F.P. Report
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday directed to set up counters of passport issuing officers at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) centres to facilitate the applicants.
The prime minister in this regard asked NADRA and the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports to share their resources to materialize the collaboration. Chairing a meeting on hassle-free access to passports and computerized national identity cards (CNICs), he said the step would not only facilitate the general public but also reduce the burden on national exchequer.
Shehbaz Sharif directed that all the previously approved new passport offices would be set up as counters at the NADRA centres. He also instructed to increase the number of mobile vans of NADRA to provide doorstep service to CNIC applicants. For the renewal of CNICs, the meeting was informed that NADRA was set to launch a new mobile phone application for consumers. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Education Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain, Chairman NADRA, the Director General Immigration and Passports and senior officials attended the meeting.
Solar panels be installed at capital’s public buildings within 7 weeks: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday directed for the installation of solar-powered panels at government buildings in the capital within seven weeks. He said the step would reduce reliance on imported fuel besides generating environment-friendly electricity.
Chairing a review meeting on the progress of solar project, the prime minister directed the authorities to complete the installation of solar projects on emergency basis. The meeting was informed that 496 solar panels would be installed in Islamabad, 340 in big cities including Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Quetta, and 1,255 panels at other public buildings.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the federal ministers including Khwaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, PM’s Adviser Ahad Khan Cheema, PM’s Special Assistant Jahanzeb Khan and relevant officials, attended the meeting.