0.2mn in­stantly down­load form

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: About 0.2 mil­lion peo­ple al­most straight off down­loaded forms for 'Naya Pak­istan Hous­ing Scheme' on Thurs­day, af­ter the gov­ern­ment re­leased forms for the af­ford­able hous­ing scheme, the Na­tional Data­base Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (Nadra) spokesper­son said.

Within an hour, 62,000 forms were down­loaded by peo­ple from 174 coun­tries around the world, he said adding that the web­site was tem­po­rar­ily crashed ow­ing to a large num­ber of peo­ple's rush­ing for the forms at once. He said the pro­gram was get- ting 10,000 hits a sec­ond.

The Nadra spokesper­son said this was first phase of the scheme and ini­tially pilot phase would be started in seven dis­tricts.

Ac­cord­ing to re­quire­ments for ob­tain­ing a form, an ap­pli­cant needed to pro­vide his/her com­plete in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing name, Com­put­er­ized Na­tional Iden­tity Card (CNIC) num­ber, monthly in­come and res­i­den­tial ad­dress for regis­tra­tion.

The gov­ern­ment re­leased ap­pli­ca­tion forms for the Naya Pak­istan Hous­ing Project that can be ob­tained from des­ig­nat- ed of­fices of Nadra from Thurs­day.

The forms can be sub­mit­ted to the des­ig­nated of­fices of Nadra with Rs250 ap­pli­ca­tion fee.

The gov­ern­ment has planned 0.5m low cost houses un­der the project. In the first phase of the project, Faisal­abad, Sukkur, Quetta, Swat, Pun­jab, Sindh, Balochis­tan and KPK re­spec­tively in ad­di­tion to Muzaf­farabad, Is­lam­abad and Gil­git have been se­lected for pro­por­tion­ate share of all prov­inces in the soft launch of the project.

Speak­ing at the launch of the hous­ing scheme, the prime min­is­ter ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the pro­gramme would not only help re­alise the dream of a shel­ter for the poor but also cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. It will also at­tract lo­cal and for­eign in­vest­ment and stim­u­late about forty re­lated in­dus­tries.

He an­nounced for­ma­tion of a Naya Pak­istan Hous­ing Author­ity to serve as one win­dow for all con­struc­tion re­lated for­mal­i­ties. The author­ity would be set up in three months and till then a Task Force would look af­ter the hous­ing project. - NNI

IS­LAM­ABAD: Ms. An­nika Ben David, Am­bas­sador of Hu­man Rights, Democ­racy and the Rule of Law, Swedish Min­istry for For­eign Af­fairs called on Chaud­hary Fawad Hus­sain, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing, along with Ms. In­grid Jo­hans­son, Am­bas­sador of Swe­den, hereThurs­day. - PID photo

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