Free birth certificates for NIDS a good deal!

Monday, November 12, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The headline 'Free birth certificates' quickly caught my eye, then I read further and realised it was a catch connected to the roll-out of the controversial national identification system (NIDS).

This was excellent public relations on the part of the NIDS team announced by the chief technical director in the Office of the Prime Minister Lynch Stewart.

NIDS will stand the cost for those who are undocumented, to facilitate NIDS implementation, but they are not prepared for “an onslaught” they say.

This is a good deal, though, and we hope thousands who are undocumented will try to cash in on the “free birth certificates” deal while it lasts.

I wondered if they might consider offering free passports as well — who knows. This kind of marketing might help to convince those who have expressed concerns about this system and are still on the fence.

As Government starts the process of digitalising its services one wonders when public hospitals will be able to do the same. My suggestion to Government is not to rush NIDS implementation just yet; at least wait until the court challenge has been completed. I would hate for them to start spending money on loan to them then find themselves in a lurch.

P Chin

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