The distribution of smart NID was inaugurated on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the distribution of the smart NID cards at a function at Osmany Memorial Hall in Dhaka.
She gave biometric details, impression of 10 fingers and picture of her iris during the inauguration programme.
The smart NID card was first provided for the President. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad received it on behalf of the President from the Prime Minister. After the programme, he will hand over it to the President at Bangabhaban.
The CEC also handed over the smart NID to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister then handed over the smart NID cards to all the cricketers of Bangladesh ODI cricket team.
The distribution of NID cards will begin in two city corporations in Dhaka and in a remote area in Kurigram will begin on Monday.
Then smart cards will be distributed at upazila, municipality, union and ward levels in phases.
According to the Election Commission, the number of voters in the country is now about 10 crore. A total of 8,10,58,698 citizens got laminated NID cards eight years ago for the first time.
The machine-readable smart card will prevent its forgery. For being machine readable, the smart cards have additional safety measures against forgery. To maintain security of the smart cards, 25 international certifications and standards have been ensured. The microchips in smart cards will contain all the information of a citizen. Encrypted data would be stored inside a chip in the cards.
The cardholders will get 22 types of services, including banking, TIN, driving license and passport.
Though the smart NID cards will be given free of cost, the cardholder will have to pay a fixed amount of money if the card is lost more than once.
The first smart NID cards people will get in exchange for their old cards will be free.
People will have to go to smart card distribution centers with their old cards. The EC officials then will collect biometric details, impression of 10 fingers and picture of their iris before giving them their smart new cards.
The EC has already published advertisements in newspapers mentioning the names of smart card distribution centers in the capital.
People can get information about smart NID card distribution visiting http://www.nidw.gov.bd/ or contacting EC call center dialing 105 with their mobile phones.