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Sri Lankan President calls for a single data collection centre for citizens’ personal information

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called for the need to gather all personal information of citizens under a single data collection centre on December 30, 2019, Doordarshan News reported. During a meeting held with officials of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the President pointed out that this move will be “instrumental in reducing time, effort and money spent on services such as National Identity Cards, driving licenses, immigration and emigration documents, registration of births and deaths", as per the Doordarshan report. Rajapaksa also said that by removing the existing practice of gathering the same information by different entities, the government could reduce delays and increase efficiencies. Moreover, it will also prevent the circulation of erroneous and duplicitous information. He also reportedly said that inter-connectivity among ministries, departments and semi-governmental organisations is vital in the development process of the…

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