Bangladesh High Commission in London has led the way by inaugurating the formal registration of Bangladeshi expatriates in the United Kingdom and Ireland to provide them with the National Identity Card (NID) or the Smart Card. The inaugural event was held at the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Wednesday in presence of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nural Huda.
At the special initiative of Bangladesh High Commissioner for the United Kingdom and Ireland Saida Muna Tasneem, the UK has become the first among the western countries from where Bangladeshi expatriates can have their registration done online to get NID card.
CEC KM Nurul Huda and High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem spoke and responded to the journalists at the inauguration.
The CEC said Bangladeshi-British nationals now can be registered online for NID cards from their home. Upon verification of their information, the applicants will be advised to come to the Help Desk at the high commission/embassy to provide their figure prints and IRIS. Subsequently, the NID cards will be given to the eligible applicants through the Help Desk of their respective country, which will be opened in due course.
He said the NID cards will be given at the shortest possible time on completion of all necessary process by using the latest technology.
High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem said the NID registration was inaugurated in the UK in accordance with the Vision for the Digital Bangladesh of our honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This is a gift from the HPM to the Bangladeshi-British citizens at the beginning of the Birth Centenary Celebration of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The High Commissioner said that the Bangladesh High Commission in London will be observing a “Mujib Borsho Special Consular Week” from 23 March 2020 when we want to handover the first batch of NID cards if we can get those from the EC.
She said following a request of the Bangladesh High Commission, a delegation from the EC visited some major cities in the UK including London, Manchester and Birmingham in July last year for a feasibility study on launching of the NID registration programme here, and finally, the registration of NID for the Bangladeshi-British nationals began.
“We had made a commitment last year to start NID registration in the UK; and this commitment was fulfilled with launching of the process” , the High Commissioner said and thanked the CEC and the EC for their strong support to bring this very important service to the doorsteps of the expatriate Bangladeshis in the UK.
Election Commissioners Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Brigadier General (Rtd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and EC Senior Secretary Md Alamgir also spoke on the occasion through a video conference from the EC Bhaban in Dhaka.
Director-General of the National Identity Registration Brig General Saidul Islam made a PowerPoint presentation detailing the NID registration process and importance and benefit of the NID.
He said that the following documents would be required to register for NID: photocopy of passport; duplicate citizenship certificate or home ministry approval if holding foreign passport; copy of passport of a Bangladeshi expatriate who identified the applicant as a Bangladeshi citizen; name, phone number and NID number and a declaration of a blood relative living in Bangladesh, declaration from the applicant that he/she has no NID card from anywhere of the country and certificate from respective embassy.