Govt amends census law, adds ‘tribe’ to e-ID cards
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Sunday amended a controversial article of the draft census law by adding two words ‘nationality’ and ‘tribe’ to the computerised national identity cards, said the office of the second vice-president.
The Article 6 of the census law was amended during a meeting of the law committee of the Cabinet ministers chaired by second VP Sarwar Danish, and the electronic ID cards project would be started after its approval by the parliament, Danish’s office said a statement.
Serial number, name, last name, father’s name, grandfather’s name, date of birth, place of birth, current address, permanent address, location, photo and signature in national ID card are required in the Article 6.
“Criticism on the article has halted issuance of the ID cards and implementation of the law. So the government consulted with different social, civil and political groups to resolve the issue and enforce the law,” Danish was quoted in the statement as commenting on the amendment.
He said mentioning the two words ‘nationality and tribe’ in the cards came in response to the widespread criticism by different segments of the society on the draft census law.
He said the law was amended in order to end the dispute and the process of issuing new E-NICs would be started after the amended law was approved by the parliament.
The ministries of interior and telecommunications said they were ready for the issuance of the new ID cards.
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