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The government is preparing to distribute National Identity Cards (NIC) with all official information of an individual stored digitally instead of the Citizenship Certificates.

The government has established a NIC Management Centre and deployed 26 employees to work on it this week.

The centre has said, it has already prepared the draft of NIC Act, worked out the structure card and the concept for its use.

The National Id card will be distributed to individuals of 16 years of age, first and then gradually be distributed to children in the second phase.

The card will have an individual’s personal information including name, date of birth, gender, place of birth, permanent address, current address, names of parents, name of spouse, fingerprint, signature, and photograph, among others.

All information in the card will be stored in the Government Information Centre (GIC).

The card will be used in land transaction, opening bank accounts, making passports, voting in elections, admitting in hospitals, registering vehicles, and registering companies, among other government works.

Nepalese staying abroad will also get such identity cards.

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