Accelerated project to issue NICs
The accelerated program launched to issue one million National
Identity Cards got under way last week with the dispatch of over a
million newly printed application forms to the Grama Niladharis
throughout the island through Government Agents and Divisional
Secretaries by the Department of Registration of Persons.
The program has been launched in view of the Legislation passed in
Parliament making it mandatory for all voting at future elections to
prove his or her identity at the time of voting. Photographs of the new
Identity Cards to be issued will be in colour, the Public Security Law
and Order Ministry said.
All applicants for the new IDs should submit colour photographs with
the new application forms. Public Security, Law and Order Ministry
Secretary Tilak Ranaviraja said all those who do not possess National
Identity Cards should contact Grama Niladharis and obtain application
forms. These should be submitted to the Grama Niladharis to be submitted
to the Department through the Divisional Secretaries, he said.
The Divisional Secretaries have been advised to submit the completed
application forms to the Department at Commissioner, Registration of
Persons Department, Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo 05. The Department will
feed all new applications into computers at the new Computerised
Division of the Department at , Colombo.
Though the new program is designed to issue computerised identity
cards, the Department will continue to issue the identity cards on the
present format but with colour photographs until the computerised system
becomes fully operational.