Minister of Internal and Home Affairs Wajira Abeywardana said that the Department of Immigration and Emigration do not have the required technology to detect the validity of the documents produced to get a passport.
“The passport will be issued within an hour but it takes time to check the validity of those documents,” he added.
He said this at a media briefing held this evening (8 Aug).
Further, he said to overcome this Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had launched a program after the Easter attacks to have a proper National Identity card for every citizen.
It will look to give an ID number to a person his or her birth and other citizens will be given an ID card with 12 numbers.