Dec 23, 2017

Govt. gains privacy of 10.6 m Featured

The Department of Registration of persons is preparing to organise a national list of all Sri Lankan citizens over the age of 15, said its Director General Wijeyani Gunatillake.

This data bank will contain the citizen’s bio data, finger prints, information of spouse, children and close relatives, she said.

The services of Provincial Secretariats and Grama Niladhari officers will be utilised in gathering this information. It is also intended to establish a sub-office of the Registration of Persons Department to facilitate this process.

Fingerprint data is to be obtained through door-to-door visits while the Department of Registration of Persons will provide all equipment and facilities for the obtaining of this data.

According to internal sources, these data lists are expected to be completed by 2019 prior to the next General Election and Presidential Election.

Accordingly, the information and personal data of 10.6 million persons over the age of 15 will be thus obtained.

This proposal was also brought forth during the Rajapaksa regime, but due to opposition from civil society organisations and society, these plans were shelved.