Prez underscores need to form a centralised data platform

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has paid attention to see the possibility of collecting personal data such as national identity cards, driving licences, immigration and emigration documents, registration of births and deaths under one entity.

During a discussion held today at the Presidential Secretariat with officials of the Information and Communication Technology Ministry, he said such a move would be instrumental in reducing time, effort and money spent on such services.

“The existing practice is to gather same information by different entities. If this could be brought under one umbrella organisation, it will reduce delays and ensure efficiency thus preventing duplication and circulation of erroneous data. The inter-connectivity among ministries, departments and semi-governmental organisations is vital to the national development process. A high-level of productivity could be achieved by networking and streamlining relevant organisations,” he said.

In a statement, the President’s Media Division said the attention of the President was drawn to assigning some of the projects -- currently under the purview of the Information and Communication Technology Ministry -- to ministries or institutions directly responsible for the outcome of the programme.

He cited as an example, the handing over of the school computer laboratory project to the Education Ministry.

Minister Bandula Gunawardana, State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, ministry secretaries including Chulananda Perera and Professor Sunanda Mahendra along with several other officials participated in the discussion. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Anmanpan Monday, 30 December 2019 09:16 PM

    This is normal with todays technology. Should have been do long ago. The danger is privacy and hacking. Even mature platforms are hacked and comes at a cost.

    Anmanpan Monday, 30 December 2019 09:18 PM

    Visit the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, every thing is done on paper.

    Anmanpan Monday, 30 December 2019 09:19 PM

    Good idea. Does not come cheap. Today we live in a cloud and not difficult to integrate. We call these data lakes.

    Anmanpan Monday, 30 December 2019 09:40 PM

    Data integration is no easy task when there are data silos having different architecture. Even with large telecom/ IT organisations there are silos. They can be integrated at a large cost. Can Sri Lanka afford it?

    Chand Monday, 30 December 2019 10:17 PM

    This is great initiative. People should be able to apply /. renew passports, driving licenses etc online using personal data logging on to a government agency such as Passport office of DMT, then visiting a post office ( one out of chosen range of post offices) to Hanover online filled printed application. Saving manpower and saving time. Most importantly no hassle!!!

    Gemunu Watch Monday, 30 December 2019 10:34 PM

    Those who enthusiastically elected him as the President should celebrate that all their personal details are going to be stored up . This is called “democracy “ Rajapaksas style.

    Las Tuesday, 31 December 2019 02:45 PM

    Who's child is this? All over the world, government posses your details and even now the government has it. It is about centralizing.

    tim Tuesday, 31 December 2019 10:20 AM

    The most reliable, effective and efficient method to operate white vans

    ghostlanka Tuesday, 31 December 2019 10:31 AM

    DATA silos, lakes, warehouses, marts, farms...ridiculous theoretical aesthetic terms...our PhD and Professor grandfathers of technology have woken up from slumber.

    nihal Tuesday, 31 December 2019 11:42 AM

    please create service to check a particular person whether married or not . this is help to prevent false marriage

    Samson Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:39 PM

    Excellent idea to be in the developed world.

    Prasad Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:46 PM

    In developed country even medical records are stored. So doctors can access when ever it is needed. It helps a lot to treat patients promptly. Yes, people should celebrate of this move.

    Ajja Tuesday, 31 December 2019 02:02 PM

    All comments given looks negative as if Srilankan pundits know every damn thing.If it was carried out in another part of the globe they praise and give examples to others.Pathetic!!!

    Ranjan Perera Tuesday, 31 December 2019 08:55 PM

    Fully agreed with Ajja. Many people writing to this column have a typical negative mindset. Centralized data for the government is a necessity. These negative people do not mind when Google , Facebook collect all their personal information. Law abiding people should not be afraid of this move. Only criminals will be affected badly.

    ram Tuesday, 31 December 2019 11:34 PM

    this centralized data can also be used individual citizen's freedom because this data can be used those who are involved in extrajudicial crimes


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