The Samagi Jana Balawegaya claims the government is attempting to grant the tender for printing the National Identity Card to a corrupt firm in India.
Speaking during a media briefing today, Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana said the method of issuing NICs is currently facing a serious crisis adding various types of NICs are being issued at present.
MP Pathirana said the NIC is one aspect of a nation’s identity along with the National Flag, National Emblem and National Anthem.
He said there must be a common ID for all citizens adding however due to the inability to print a proper card, some students have been issued a paper and others a piece of cardboard.
He charged that VIPs receive the standard NIC.
The Parliamentarian said the government is forming plans to grant the tender to the same Indian firm that submitted tenders for the stickers that are pasted on imported liquor.
MP Pathirana questioned whether the President will utilise his executive powers to stop such a move.
On a separate note, MP Pathirana also revealed of plans to hand over the computerisation project of the Sri Lankan judicial system to a Malaysian firm.
The Parliamentarian said delegating the responsibility of compiling the country’s judicial database to a foreign company is a serious concern.
He questioned why the responsibility is not handed to a local firm even when the software used at the London Stock Exchange was developed in Sri Lanka.
He further questioned whether the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka was incapable of this task and if so, the purpose of the ICTA.
MP Pathirana said there are experts on the matter at local universities as well.