Electronic NIC from January: Ravi K.

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Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said yesterday that plans were afoot to issue electronic national identity cards to all citizens of Sri Lanka using the state of the art technology employed by developed countries of the world.

The Minister said that priority would be accorded to this programme at the national budget in consideration of its importance to the overall development strategy of the Government.

The programme was all set to get off the ground in January and the existing NIC would be converted into an electronic identity card.

“All relevant information of a child since birth will be included in the new ID and until he/she reaches the age of 16 and the identity card number will be assigned to him/her and at the completion of sixteen years and the new electronic NIC will be issued. This programme will be conducted by the Department of Registration of Persons in collaboration with the Information Communication Technology Agency,” the Minister said.

He said the Government had decided to embark on this plan for enhanced efficiency and convenience of all activities concurrent to the other development processes of the country and added that It would enable the maintenance of a single data base in respect of each individual and pave the way for the authentication of the identity with all the required details of the citizen.

Minister Karunanayake pointed out that the new ID card would make banking and other services easily accessible and could be used for easy verification of facts in issuing driving licences, passports and similar services.

It would also ensure the provision of relief services of the Government only to the deserving people and help to eliminate corruption and fraudulent practices usually associated with such services though a strict observation mechanism, according to the Minister.

Electronic identity cards were used in many developed countries, and our closest neighbour India launched a programme to issue electronic identity cards to its citizens five years ago. The same technology was used in the United States in issuing the social security card to its citizens.

 
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  • Ravi Wednesday, 28 October 2015 08:31 AM

    Sir, How much commission are you hoping get by this process.

    ru Wednesday, 28 October 2015 08:51 AM

    Yes the electronic NIC right now is not the most growing national concern. As we all know we should question who will be granted with the tender to print them :-)

    patriot Wednesday, 28 October 2015 09:30 AM

    When the masses struggle with three meals, what the hell for a high tech ID card? Another robbery in term of billion dollars range into making. sadu sadu.

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 28 October 2015 10:43 AM

    What about the 20th Amendment?

    Lankan Wednesday, 28 October 2015 10:53 AM

    Good move, which will make all process easy once systamized and can avoid many fraud.

    Anoma Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:05 AM

    In neighboring India, the Supreme Court ruled it is not mandatory as it violates privacy of citizens.

    lkboy Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:33 AM

    Now how can Wimal obtain two passports?

    kapua Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:43 AM

    These are not in urgency. Please spend time for making solutions for the mass numbers of people who loss livelihood due to the blockage of constructions in the country and so many areas. I am one of badly affected, about to bankrupt of the loans taken in the light of prosperous Sri Lanka until then before Jan 2015.

    Harshi Wednesday, 28 October 2015 06:25 PM

    This will affect the human rights of those who have two or three birth certificates and several passports. Therefore we are against this move. America must be behind this to trap oiur patriots!

    Bala Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:13 PM

    But electronic fraud is easy as evidenced by hackers making hay. Even Bank Crd and Dbt cards in sophisticated systems have suffered. It is not really 100% proof of misuse.

    Sapu Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:33 PM

    Will it help to stop patriotic politicians with two birthdays being born?

    Regi Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:12 PM

    It is a good idea. What about the people who are working abroad? Will this ID be issued to them by the High Commissions and Embassies?


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