Absolutely. Nadra database can help immediate verification of individuals. The possiblities are endless. Some of them can be
1. Criminal Record: Criminal records are kept in all first world, associated to each individual in digital format. Pakistan can do the same. This can also be expanded to others like car verification for traffic police etc.
2. Land Records: Land records can be revolutionized via nadra database.
3. FBR / Banking for tax evaders: Bank records can be analyezed for individual / companies for tax evasion practices.
4. Any govt service: Almost all govt services need identification, and thus can use this.
HOWEVER, this is a sensitive customer data. There must be a compliance law encapsulating its use. USA uses FDIC for customer data compliance and Pakistan can learn from their practices about data security. Failing to do this would mean data breach without tracking and eventually a big loss.
A system that was created to be a de facto necessity for civic life in Pakistan has the capability to help our nation move seamlessly into the age of digitalisation. It’s a unique solution for digital payment system in Pakistan. I think, there is an opportunity for the government to create Nadra’s repository of information an API, which can then be utilised by wider stakeholders to leverage the digital infrastructure. I do understand that the information it holds is sensitive; however, the introduction of Smart NIC in 2012 has added security features enabled, which should give enough confidence to the authorities for it to be deployed for commercial use. The new norm is smart contracts and we have built the infrastructure, however, how best we can leverage it needs to be seen.
Yes, many departments like Crime and health can benefit from Nadra’s database and utilize them to facilitate the people BUT it is very important to then simultaneously make sure that the date, whcib is very confidential, is not misused and doesn’t breach to wrong hands.
Of course all departments should be in sync with nadra for the ease of public and government functionaries. Nic could have been modified to include various listening ticks indicators on it that can be online verifiable through apps when and where required. I really feel lack cohesion and synchronization between state departments organizations institutions which result in complicated and burdened public service. All government employees central data repositories needed. Many things are to be addressed through IT services…