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Sri Lanka computerises all birth certificates issued since 1864
16 Feb, 2006 17:09:15
Jan 16 (LBO) - Sri Lanka’s Registrar General’s Department will computerise its database of birth certificates issued since 1864, for easier access to public records.

The country has no proper computerized birth certificate, death certificate and land deed database, with paper certificates still clogging up the system.

The Registrar General of Sri Lanka Mr. L.K. Ratnasiri says there is a lack of space at the government’s birth certificate libraries.

This manual method of recording births also means huge delays for people who apply for copies of their birth certificates.

“All birth certificates issued since 1864 will be scanned to make the birth certificates database,” Ratnasiri told LBO on Thursday.

Non Governmental Agency Plan International will step in with Rs.20 million to fund the project. Tenders have already been called to pick a company to implement the project.

The first phase of the project is to be launched in April this year, in five divisional secretariats - Moratuwa, Ratmalana, Dehiwela, Thimbirigasyaya and Colombo.

"After April, the project will be expanded island wide," Ratnasiri said. The Registrar’s Department will also roll out awareness programs on why birth registration is essential.

An estimated six percent of all local births are not officially recorded.

The government is also planning to create a land deeds database following the launch of the database for birth certificates.

-Jayantha Kovilagodage: jayantha@vanguardlk.com 

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