The Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms says information has been received that nearly 12,500 Sri Lankan refugees of over 7,000 families have returned to Sri Lanka from India and are now occupying in the Northern Province.
The Ministry said in order to provide relief including granting citizenship and resolving other issues, arrangements have been made to conduct a mobile service on the 31st of October and on the 1st of November with the participation of Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, Secretary to the Ministry including Heads of Departments and official of the Departments coming within the purview of the Ministry of Justice and other relevant public institutions.
The Ministry stated that during the mobile service, relief will be provided to the refugees in areas of resolving issues relating to citizenship, and resolving issues encountered in registration of births, marriages, deaths and obtaining certificates.
Meanwhile steps will also be taken to provide services related to obtaining and altering National Identity Cards and issuing duplicates for missing Identity Cards and providing relief and resolving issues pertaining to lands and resettlement.
The programme will be conducted with the support of the Ministry of Defence, the Consular Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, the Resettlement Division of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, the Department of Registration of Persons, the Department of Immigration and Emigration, the Registrar’s General Department, the Land Commissioner General’s Department, and the Provisional Land Commissioner’s Office.