A chip in CNIC can indicate whether its holder wanted to donate organs: NADRA Senators ask authority to come up with simpler mechanism


Zubair Qureshi

A small chip can be installed in the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) of each citizen which will be indicative of the fact whether the CNIC holder had expressed his or her will to donate organs.
This was told by National Database And Registration Authority (NADRA) officials during the meeting of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice here Thursday.
While discussing ‘The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2018 introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, the officials of the authority said the mechanism was in practice in most of the developed countries.
However, the committee members asked NADRA to come up in the next meeting with a simpler mechanism which is easier to comprehend by the general people.
This bill was reported by the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination and has also received approval of Council of Islamic Ideology and Federal Shariat Court.
Regarding the matter of sit-in of the employees of State Life Insurance Corporation for their demands, the committee heard the General Manager of the Corporation and decided to call ministry of Commerce and SECP to discuss the matter. The committee also discussed ‘The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (insertion of Article 253A) introduced by Senator Mushtaq Ahmed regarding permission to foreigners to purchase land in any part of Pakistan.
The committee members were of the view that this should be brought as an independent law and not as a constitutional amendment so that the constitutional amendment is not disturbed. The Committee members sought information as to what is the current mechanism of granting permission to foreign nationals or companies and it was subsequently decided to call Secretary Interior, provincial Boards of Revenue, Board of Investment and SECP to next meeting to discuss whether it falls under federal or provincial domain and how many foreigners currently have land in Pakistan.
The meeting was held with Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi in the chair at the Parliament House and was attended among others by Senators Musadik Malik, Mushtaq Ahmed, Dr. Ghous Niazi, Mushahidullah Khan, Sana Jamali, Mian Ateeq Sheikh, and officials from the ministries of Law and Justice, National Health Services and Regulations and State Life Insurance Corporation.