HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government has started looking for funds for the multimillion dollar National Identity (NID) Card project after failing to keep its commitment to start issuing the multipurpose biometric NID card to all citizens this fiscal itself.
According to executive director at the National Identity Card Management Centre (NIDMC), Naredra Dahal, the paperwork related to the project is almost ready. He said the project is in need of funds.
NIDMC has requested the Ministry of Finance to seek more Asian Development Bank (ADB) funds for the project. ADB has approved $3.3 million for the initial phase of the NID project, which is one of the eight components of the ADB-funded Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Development projects.
According to a source at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the government is tying to convince the ADB to invest in the NID projects from two other ICT components, which could not start.
The finance ministry has already sent a proposal to this effect to the ADB. “If ADB is ready to invest the funds meant for the two ICT components (around $8 million), the NID project can start,” he said.
Dahal informed that the World Bank has shown keen interest in funding the NID project.
NIDMC has also held consultations with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers (OPMCM) and National Planning Commission (NPC) on soliciting World Bank assistance for the project. After a positive response from NPC and OPMCM, NIDMC has requested the finance ministry to further the process.