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Ministry of Planning Development & special initiatives technical support unit Civil Registration Vital Statistics (CRVS), in collaboration with UNICEF, has organized a Tool Kit launching ceremony here in Islamabad on Monday. Parliamentary Secretary Mo PD&SI MNA Kanwal Shauzab was the Chief Guest on the first day of the launch.
Dr. Muhammad Asif Chief health MoPDSI has welcomed all the stakeholders and dwelt light on the significance of CRVS in Pakistan and also shared the achievements implantation strategy of the CRVS system. He said that CRVS is implanted in ICT as a pilot project. Pakistan has been identified as one of the six priority South Asian Countries that aim to strengthen the CRVS system. Now we are expanding its scope and working on the National reforms ACT of CRVS.
Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives said through video conference that the welfare state cannot function properly until every individual register his/her national identity. The most important area of the country is badly ignored in the past. He said that the more data available about the population, the sooner the problems of ordinary citizens will be solved. For this, the Federal Bureau of Statistics has also been directed to collect data.
Director General NADRA expressed his views through video conference and shared that NADRA is going to launch an application for vital events soon. He also stressed the significance of birth registration.
Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafaat also expressed his view through video links and said that they are working on the mission to introduce Islamabad as a model district in CRVS and for this purpose, the Islamabad administration is fully active.
The chief guest of the event Ms. Kanwal shauzab highlighted all the aspects of the CRVS system in Pakistan. She said that the rights of the Pakistani nationalists were badly ignored in the previous Government but since the incumbent Government was formed, the honorable Prime Minister Imran Khan focused on the betterment of the public and started numerous programs for uplifting the population which is under the poverty line.
In the harmony with Vision 2030, outlining that by 2030 all people in Pakistan will be benefited from universal and responsive CRVS systems that facilitate the realization of their rights and support good governance, health, and development. Said Ms. Shauzab.
She expressed that the general public is not aware of the importance of birth/death and registration of other vital events like marriages, divorce, adoption, and migration. Right now we are transforming Islamabad into a Model CRVS district with support from our development partners, where revamped mechanisms would be implemented to achieve universal registration of vital and afterward, it would be replicated in other parts of the country.
While highlighting the sensitivity of the issue she said that the CRVS Reform ACT is in progress and soon will be present in Parliament and National Assembly for Approval and enforcement. CRVS ACT is not only the need of a time but we are taking it as a national obligation to form and implement for developing a comprehensive Civil Registration system in Pakistan.
In last, Ms.Kanwal Shauzab thanked all the stakeholders who are working to come up with a concrete solution on the capacity building and development in order to achieve the 100% registration of Vital events in Pakistan.