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Government to install people-tracker database

By Imesh Ranasinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe/ pmoffice.gov.lk

The government is planning to develop and implement a high tech system that will be able to track people to achieve multiple objectives at a national level.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed the plan to implement the Centralised and Integrated Population Information System (CIPIS) in Parliament today (8).

Prime minister also said that the absence of such a sophisticated system has become a barrier to prevent terrorism, money laundering, transaction, and financial crimes.

He added that the need for such a system was felt more than ever after the recent Easter attacks.

He said that a meeting was held last week with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital infrastructure, officers of the Department of Immigration and Emigration and officers of the Department of Registration of Persons to discuss a single window system for CIPIS.

He also said that already biometric systems are maintained at different levels at different government departments but there is no integrated system of sharing information available among those departments.

Wickremesinghe said that many countries in the world have developed state-of-the-art systems to ensure both national and international security.

Sri Lanka needs to follow that lead, he said.

“I have requested from the ministry of internal affairs, provincial councils and local governments to prepare an action plan for this system in two weeks in order to be presented to the cabinet for approval,” he added.

The purpose of this system is to bring everything to an interchangeable database locally and later on be connected with selected international databases such as Interpol and share data with them and vice-versa.