The Election Commission (EC) will start distribution of machine-readable smart national identity (NID) cards among 10 crore citizens on October 2, replacing the existing laminated cards.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the distribution of smart NID cards at a function at Osmany Memorial auditorium in the city.
Election Commissioner M Shah Newaz told BSS that the EC will collect biometric details - impression of 10 fingers and picture of iris -- of the card holders during the distribution of smart cards.
As the smart cards are machine readable those have additional safety measures against forgery.
EC Secretariat Director (public relations) S M Asaduzzaman Arzu said after the inauguration on October 2, smart NID cars would be first handed over to the President, the Prime Minister and members of national cricket team. The distribution of NID cards will begin in two city corporations in Dhaka and in a remote area in Kurigram the following day. Then smart cards would be distributed at upazila, municipality, union and ward levels in phases.
EC officials said the number of voters in the country is about 10 crore at present. More than 8,10,58,698 citizens got laminated NID cards eight years ago for the first time. But some unscrupulous people are forging those cards. The machine-readable smart cards will prevent this forgery.
To maintain the security of smart cards, 25 international certifications and standards have been ensured. The microchips in smart cards will contain all information of a citizen.
The card holders will get 22 types of services, including banking, TIN, driving license and passport.
EC sources said, though the smart NID cards would be given free of cost, the cardholder will have to pay a fixed amount of money if he or she goes to collect a new one after losing it twice.