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* Sri Lankans to get new electronic national identity cards
Sun, May 12, 2013, 10:59 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Department of Registration of Persons will soon commence issuing new electronic National Identity Cards (e-NICs) for all citizens.

The new IDs incorporating a sophisticated devise required for the current and future needs of national security will be issued through the Department of Registration of Persons.

Commissioner General of Registration of Persons R.M.S Sarathkumara has told the state-run radio that the Department will set up 331 special units in divisional secretariats to issue 15 million new e-NIC cards soon.

He has added that 800 graduate trainees will be recruited to the Department to carry out the project efficiently. The Department issues about 4,000 national identity cards daily, according to the official.

The new e-card, comprising security features against tampering, counterfeiting or forging, will include the person's bio data, finger prints, and also the blood group. It will conform to the relevant international standards.

The relevant legal amendments have already been submitted to the Attorney General's department, the Commissioner General has said.

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