US $ 195 loan with 0.75 percent service charge for Nat’l ID project.

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Bangladesh government took national voter ID card project in 90s which was eventually

abandoned for some practical reasons. Then digital technology was not available like today.

Photographs of 8 people were taken with a film camera at a time. Everyone had to hold a

plate on which a unique number was written so that it can be identified later whose photo it


Dream of voter ID card was implemented by the military backed interim government where

latest digital technologies were used. Web cameras, fingerprint scanners were used to create

an electronic database. Citizens were given a card which was not a voter ID card, it was

national ID card. But that card has some limitations.

Now the authority is planning to initiate a project from July 2011 to June 2016 which will

introduce new card with international standard robust security features. This will help to

combat corruption and bring transparency and efficiency in public and private sectors.

Estimated cost of this project is $ 197.02 million; govt. will add $ 2.02 million to $ 195

million loan. Government has 40 years and additional 10 years grace time to repay. World

Bank and ERD are due to sign this agreement today.

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Shihab Uddin Ahmed

Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a master’s degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on

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