ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to issue national birth certificates with a “Sri Lankan identity number”, a cabinet statement said.
The statement said Sri Lankans will be provided with an opportunity to easily and efficiently “obtain services from birth to death” by “utilising a unique identification number”.
The proposal submitted by President Rajapaksa as Minister of Defence to “issue Sri Lanka identity number to the Department of Register General across the database of the Department of Registration of Persons and to issue the birth certificate of the relevant individual by the Department of Registrar General including the received identity number was approved by the cabinet of ministers,” it said.
Explaining the registration of person process in Sri Lanka, the statement said the Department of Registrar General is entrusted with the authority to issue the national birth certificate to a child at birth for any child born in Sri Lanka in terms of the Births and Deaths Registration Act.
The Department of Registration of Persons, meanwhile, is entrusted with the authority to maintain the national individual registry as well as to register and issuance of national identity cards to citizens aged 15 or are completing 15 years as per the provisions of the registration of persons act No 32 of 1968.
The Department of Registration of persons also issues a Sri Lankan identity number for every Sri Lankan citizen under electronic transaction orders (Sri Lanka identity numbers) No. 1 of 2019 issued as per the provisions of the electronic transactions act No 19 of 2006. (Colombo/Dec07/2021)