Nadra to provide jobs to eunuchs

ISLAMABAD (Online) - National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) will provide job opportunities to the third gender at its regional offices in order to engage them as productive citizens of the society. According to Spokesman of NADRA, this was decided in a high level meeting headed by Chairman NADRA Ali Arshad Hakeem at NADRA headquarter on Wednesday aimed to discuss various aspects of policy framework and facilitation for the issuance of CNIC to large number of eunuchs in different parts of the country in accordance to the decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan. Initially, the authority will appoint seven eunuchs at provincial level initially to facilitate the members of their gender specific community in the processing of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs). The appointment on the vacancies would be made on merit through proper screening of the candidates following the announcement of jobs in the leading dailies. The authority will provide proper training of database processing to successful candidates from the community. It was decided that appointees will be designated as NADRA officials on the post of data entry operators at five provincials offices, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and headquarter. The meeting was told that the initiative to issue CNICs to eunuchs was undertaken in the light of Supreme Court instructions, while issuance of CNICs is being commenced from January 2011. The representatives of eunuchs rights associations, including renowned Almaas Bobby and Shazia Choudhary also participated in the discussions on the matter of registration and related issues of recognition, identification and thereafter employment opportunities for the eunuchs. Officials of NADRA, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Social Welfare, Islamic ideology Council, Gender Specialists, and Academicians mutually agreed to include the word Mukhannas as third category for gender in CNIC after discussing the various issues related to the registration of eunuchs community. Chairman NADRA constituted a committee to submit a thoughtful summary within a week encompassing all the implications on the registration of third-gender citizens. The committee comprises senior members from NADRA working on the subject, Dr Aslam Khaki, advocate Supreme Court, Yasmin Haider, advocate, Dr Farzana Bari from Islamic Ideology, Humaira Jami Asst. Professor from QAU and Javaid Alam, Director General, Ministry of Social Welfare. The representatives of eunuchs appreciated the efforts of NADRA for creating employment for them and to acknowledge the rights of registration of third gender.

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