Ministry of Justice plans mobile service to address issues of Sri Lankan refugees

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reform has planned to operate a special mobile service Sri Lankan refugee families who have come to Sri Lanka from India and are now residing in the Northern Province.

The Ministry has received information that so far more than 12,500 people belonging to more than 7,000 Sri Lankan refugee families who came to this country from India have settled in the Northern Province.

Accordingly, to provide relief to their problems including obtaining Sri Lankan citizenship, the Ministry of Justice, Petroleum Affairs and Constitutional Reforms has organized this mobile service to be held on October 31 and November 01, 2022.

The Ministry of Justice informed that this mobile service will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the Jaffna District Secretariat and Tuesday, November 01 at the Kilinochchi Skill Development Centre.

The mobile services provide will address

• Issues relating to the acquisition of citizenship by Sri Lankan refugees who have returned from India;
• Problems related to registration of births, marriages and deaths and obtaining such documents;
• Obtaining National Identity Cards;
• Services related to making corrections and issuing a second copy for misplaced ID cards;
• Providing relief to problems related to resettlement of land problems.

Officials of following state institutions will provide the services at the Mobile Service Program on the two days.

• Ministry of Defense
• Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Resettlement Division of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing
• Department of Registration of Persons
• Immigration Department
• Registrar General’s Department
• Department of Land Commissioner General
• Provincial Land Commissioner’s Office

In addition, the Office for Reparations, Office for Missing Persons and Mediation Boards Commission that are under the Ministry of Justice are also scheduled to provide services.


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