Telecenters — to be rolled out in rural areas of Pakistan under the supervision of Universal Service Fund – will host variety of services for the community, including biometric verification of SIM cards, Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC), birth/death registration and computer training for the youth of the nation.
This was decided during a meeting held in Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Anusha Rehman, while other officials who attended the meeting include Mr. Akhlaq Tarrar, Secretary IT, Senior Officials from USF, and a team of senior officials from NADRA led by Mr. Tariq Malik Chairman, NADRA to further discuss the implementation of the Telecenter Project.
During the meeting it was decided that Telecenters, so established, would offer several e-services such as e-health, e-learning, e-commerce, e-agriculture etc. to facilitate people of un-served, underserved and far flung areas.
It is likely that telecenters will create local employment and entrepreneurship opportunities and extend broadband to provide distance education and ICT literacy.