Tamil Diplomat

Sri Lanka introduces electronic Identity Cards in 2016

Sri Lankan government today announced that it is introducing electronic national identity cards to all before end of 2016.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said issuance of new identity card will commence form next January.

The Registrar General’s Department, with the technical assistance of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) launched into developing the electronic Population Register which will contain basic information of all the citizens of Sri Lanka.

As an initial step, for the purpose of issuing an electronic Identity Card, all Grama Seva Officers are being trained as to how to collect data and obtain finger prints said the Commissioner.  After the training, the Grama Seva Officers will begin to collect data by August. According to the government’s official news portal, in accordance with the new method, all citizens will be issued with a new NIC with a new number.

According to the new methodology there will be no room to issue two identity cards under a particular number.