Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Officials swamped by demand for ID cards

Immigration Department officials in Mandalay Region have issued almost four times more National Registration Cards than they expected during a recent two-month campaign.

The department had expected to issue 8106 cards under the fifth phase of the program, including 4633 in urban Mandalay, said U Thaung Zaw, head of Mandalay’s immigration office.

“But we issued 23,094 by the end of the project. Initially I thought that our department wouldn’t be able to meet the quota … but hluttaw representatives were able to help us,” he said.

Resident U Win Aung of Mandalay’s Chan Aye Tharsan township said the process of replacing an NRC was faster and cheaper during the campaign.

“In the past we had to spend a lot of time visiting many government offices to get an NRC. Now we can get this card in a short time, in just one day, and I don’t need to pay any money. This is really good for someone in my situation,” U Win Aung said.