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DSG informs Court: NIC info in Sinhala, Tamil in six months

2013 Aug 10

By Chitra Weerarathne

Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Viraj Dayaratne yesterday told the Supreme Court that it would be possible to provide information, both in the Sinhala and Tamil languages, as regards the National Identity Cards, within a period of six months.

He added that electronic ID cards would be issued both in Sinhala and Tamil with English as a link language within three years.

The Deputy Solicitor General appeared for the Registrar General of Persons, made a respondent, in a fundamental rights violation application filed by a Sinhalese petitioner, Prasard Dananjaya Guruge, who said that the national identity cards were issued only in Sinhala and that he faced problems when he travelled in the North and the East of Sri Lanka. He has suggested that ID cards have the Tamil language as well.

M. A. Sumanthiran, Counsel for the petitioner, said he needed to obtain further instructions from his client, about the acceptance of his suggestion by the State.

Time was given till October 21, 2013.

The bench comprised Justices Saleem Marsoof, K. Sripavan and Rohini Marasinghe.

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