The service of registering land documents and birth certificates in one day without payment was launched on Saturday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
One day service of registering movable and immovable property and issuing of a national Birth Certificate prepared according to international standards were commenced.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
The program was launched simultaneously at 36 regional offices of the Registrar General’s office and the new service will be in operation from today onwards at island-wide Land Registrar offices and Divisional Secretariats.
The objective of this is to bring the Registrar General’s Department to the top of the list of priorities and to provide an efficient service to the people.
The new system will prevent making false birth certificates. The birth, marriage and death certificates will be issued with new security features in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages. The question whether the parents are married or not has also been removed from the new birth certificate.
According to Registrar General Dr. N. C. Withanage, each child born after 12 midnight on 31 December 2018 would be issued with an internationally recognised birth certificate.
The PM also handed over the first deed under the new system and appointment letters to Notaries, Registrars and Documentation Assistants on the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, the Premier said they hope to digitalise all Government departments during this year and are committed to create a digital economy in the next five years and to find new income avenues.
Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said that the aim is to enhance public service and to provide an efficient service with that funds. He further said that as soon as a child is born, an identity card number would be assigned and when he or she completes 15 years, that number would be given.
Ministers, people’s representatives and Government officials also participated in today’s occasion.
Minister Sagala Ratnayake also launched a countrywide program of the Registration Department at the Kotapola Land Registration office and the Program in Panadura was launched by the Deputy Minister Palitha Theverapperuma at the Panadura land registration office.