National Identification Documents: A Way to Empower the Poor of Balochistan

A sizeable population of the rural poor in one of Pakistan’s poorest provinces, Balochistan, does not have formal identification and registration documents which renders them disenfranchised and unable to access their social, financial and political rights. Documents like the national identity card, childbirth registration, marriage registration and voter registration not only authenticate an individual’s identity as a citizen but also help governments execute strategic development plans by making informed decisions and endorsing evidence-based policies. This need becomes even more important as the country faces the uphill task of conducting a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

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