The federal government has excluded the requirement of biometric verification for elderly citizens who have unclear fingerprints. The decision was taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan received several complaints in this regard on Citizen Portal.
Taking a ‘suo motu’ on the issue, PM Khan directed the concerned authorities not to bother senior citizens who are facing problems in the verification of their fingerprints for bank accounts.
The elderly people, particularly above 65, face this issue because their skin loses elasticity with age.
A notification issued from the PM Office, on Tuesday, said that the government ‘has eliminated the need for biometric verification for people facing genuine issues, including senior/old age citizens with uneven texture/ unclear fingerprints.’
The exemption would, however, require an undertaking from the person that all its particulars provided to the bank are correct.
Similarly, senior citizens will not have to undergo the verification process to get a CNIC, mobile SIM, or passport.
Earlier, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has exempted expatriates from undergoing biometric verification to continue using their bank accounts in Pakistan. They will be required to provide their respective banks with the proof that they are living abroad.