Quick Copies

April 23, 2007 (LBO) – A Sri Lankan government secretariat has drastically cut delays from days to minutes in issuing important documents like birth, marriage and death (BMD) certificates by scanning and storing digitized versions. The Thimbirigasyaya Divisional Secretariat in Colombo Monday commenced issuing printed copies of vital documents in place of lost and worn documents after a ˜BMD Conversion Project’ by the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) digitized 800,000 certificates.

œApproximately 100 requests for copies of vital documents are received daily, P Wijayapala, Thimbirigasyaya divisional secretary said. œAdministrative issues make it difficult to cope with the demand.

With the new process, the time taken to issue vital documents will be cut down from around 48 hours to five minutes.

The documents are scanned and stored in digital repositories and applicants will be issued a printout on request which would carry a 25 rupee stamp duty fee.

The Thimbirigasyaya DS has the most number registered with three million births, 600,000 deaths and 800,000 marriages and the project will digitize close to three million vital documents.

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