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Citizen Centric Digital Government being set up: President

In his address to the audience at the virtual event inaugurating Sri Lanka Internet Day 2021 held on the 6th and 7th of April, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pledged to set up a Citizen Centric Digital Government for the convenience of Sri Lanka’s citizens.

Stressing on the fact that a technology based society pillar cannot be overlooked, the president stated that Citizen Service Centres will soon adopt new technology for public service delivery.

A digital payment system to pay traffic fines and a e-procurement system to eliminate bribery and corruption are envisaged under the plans to further digitalise Sri Lanka via the internet.

The president also remarked that substantial work has been done with regard to the introduction of a unique digital identity card with state-of-the-art technology which will soon be available for every citizen.

He also highlighted how the country will benefit from a system of e-governance, “A well implemented e-governance framework will not only ensure the well-being of the people in their day-to-day activities, but will also make the government work efficiently and effectively. This will drastically reduce corruption in transactions,” he said.

Accordingly, the President stated that harnessing the power of Sri Lanka’s internet connectivity will result in an efficient e-governance programme which will in turn save the time of the public when they need to get essential tasks done via the Government.