The Election Commission has decided to decentralise a number of services related to National Identity (NID) cards from January next year to reduce hassles of the citizens across the country.
The responsibilities of correcting and issuing duplicate NID cards will be distributed among different field level officials, including upazila election officers, district election officers and regional election officers.
“Reducing hassles is a challenge for us. We are decentralising the services keeping that in mind,” said Brig Gen Saidul Islam, director general of EC's NID wing.
As part of the plan EC will start issuing duplicate NID cards from April 20 this year to the citizens who have lost their original ones.
“We also have plans to issue new NID cards from upazila offices” he added.
Baten also said upazila and district election offices are already equipped with sufficient manpower and machineries.
“We will also monitor whether there is any kind of malpractices at the field offices while providing the services” he added.