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DRP to distribute NIC to flood affected families

By Ananda Kannangara

The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) will soon initiate a massive National Identity Card distribution programme for the benefit of residents in the flood affected Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

The DRP is expected to carry out this task soon after the restoration work in these districts are completed.

"We are now in contact with relevant government officials in the Ratnapura and Kalutara districts where a large number of people were badly affected in the floods and hope to initiate our programme from these districts," DRP, Commissioner Wijaya Ranasinghe told the Daily News yesterday.

He said according to unofficial reports an unprecedented number of persons in all districts have lost their NICs.

"However we have to take a long duration for processing and distributing NICs since some important official documents such as birth certificates of persons would have lost in the floods and earthslips," he said.

Ranasinghe said under such situations the Department will have to obtain the assistance of area Gramaseva Niladaris and other authorised officials to obtain relevant details of persons.

"Conducting mobile services programmes and distributing NICs to schoolchildren through principals of respective schools are the two options will have to be taken to expedite the distribution process," he added.

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