ANRD will issue special cards to farm labourers

ABU DHABI — The Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department (ADNRD) has begun taking some new measures to streamline the farming industry in the emirate in terms of recruitment to avoid misuse of residence laws.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Sun 20 Nov 2005, 9:28 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:45 PM

Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, Director, ADNRD, told Khaleej Times yesterday that the new regulation would enure that each farm in the emirate employs only six farm labourers as a maximum limit.

Based on the new measure, one donum (1000 sq-ft) of farm land would be entitled to only one farm labourer, he said, adding that his department was currently working out a modality to issue new special cards for animal resources and agriculture.

He said the card, which will deal with the issues of farms in the emirate, is aimed at controlling the number of labourers on farms, thereby identifying violators of residency laws. The card would be issued early January next year, he informed.

Col Suwaidi said the department started issuing yesterday the Sponsor Card for UAE nationals and expatriates alike. The card is aimed at minimising the use of paper work in the processing of residence visa. He said the new card system would save the ADNRD about 1.3 million sheets of papers.

"This would drastically cut down the pressure on our staff from our increasing number of clients and solve the problem of under-staffing that we face," he said.

He said that the validity of the card would be three years. Requirements for the issuance of the card include photocopy of the applicant's passport and salary certificate, he added.

"With the card, the holder would no more need to present these documents anytime he approaches the ADNRD to process any visa or other transactions," he said.

On the special cards for maids, the ADNRD director said his department would soon modernise the special card for maid servants and for business licence owners, adding that the current card would be supplemented with an electronic plastic card with good security features to prevent forgery.

"The department would start issuing this type of card soon," he said.

On the improvement of the Empost delivery system, the ADNRD director said his outfit was working in accordance with the directives of the Interior Minister, Lieutenant-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has ordered the constant facilitating and easing of services for the general public and clients, using modern technology in so doing.

"We try to ensure the convenience and satisfaction of our clients by improving the expedite mail service 'Empost'," he said, adding that a meeting was recently held between the ADNRD and Empost officials during which the two sides agreed on how best to improve the "Empost" services.

He said based on the new system, "Empost" would receive transactions, present them for processing and later deliver them to their owners at home soon after the ADNRD had completed processing the of the documents.

"This new service, to be known as Customer Service, is being implemented now in Al Ain. We hope to start implementing it here in Abu Dhabi soon," he said.

On the clampdown operations against violators of the country's residence laws, Col Suwaidi said the ADNRD was engaged in a daily inspection campaign in all parts of the emirate.

"So far 1,006 violators have been netted from January 1 to October 3, 2005," he said, adding that the violators had been referred to special court, which tried them and ordered their deportation.


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