Un­der NIDS, role of RGD will be big­ger

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ja­son Cross/Gleaner Writer ja­son.cross@glean­erjm.com

AS THE na­tion awaits a rul­ing from the courts as to whether as­pects of the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Regis­tra­tion Act are un­con­sti­tu­tional, the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign for the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (NIDS) has gone into over­drive.

Chief Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter Jac­que­line Lynch-Ste­wart said that the Reg­is­trar Gen­eral’s Depart­ment (RGD) would be ex­panded with the on­set of NIDS.

Lynch-Ste­wart ex­plained at a Ro­tary Club of Kingston meet­ing at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel on Thurs­day that a com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem would be im­ple­mented to reg­is­ter births, mar­riages, and deaths, as well as to man­age iden­tity in­for­ma­tion of cit­i­zens.

“We have mar­ried iden­tity man­age­ment with the func­tions of RGD, and it will come un­der one en­tity called the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Regis­tra­tion Au­thor­ity (NIRA). That means the RGD will be mod­ernised and trans­formed. The RGD does reg­is­ter births, mar­riages, and deaths, so we think it sen­si­ble to link that with an iden­tity-man­age­ment sys­tem in the is­land so every­thing works to­gether as one,” she said.

Lynch-Ste­wart said that with the es­tab­lish­ment of the NIRA, at­tempts by crim­i­nals to steal other peo­ple’s iden­tity would be a thing of the past.

“When per­sons steal peo­ple’s iden­tity, a lot of the times, they choose per­sons who have passed and they lit­er­ally as­sume the iden­tity of dead per­sons,” she said, adding that un­der NIDS, new­borns would get a num­ber that stayed with them un­til death. “Those at the younger end, be­tween six and 18, will be re­quired to re­new ev­ery five years, while those over 18 will be re­quired to re­new ev­ery 10 years, and those over 60, ev­ery 15 years.”

“The en­tire [NIDS data­base, in­clud­ing the NIRA as­pect], will be se­cured in the is­land and will be man­aged by per­sons within the is­land. There will be re­stric­tions in re­la­tion to dis­clo­sure. How the sys­tem works is that your in­for­ma­tion can­not be shared with any­body with­out your per­mis­sion.”

‘We have mar­ried iden­tity man­age­ment with the func­tions of RGD, and it will come un­der one en­tity called the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Regis­tra­tion to Au­thor­ity (NIRA).’

KENYON HEMANS/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Jac­que­line Lynch-Ste­wart is greeted by Lin­val Free­man, pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Kingston, at the club’s gen­eral meet­ing held at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel on Thurs­day.

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