Written by Tharushan Fernando
12 Feb, 2016 | 10:03 pm
Responding to a motion presented by UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana, Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena on Friday announced that a certificate of absentia would be provided for those who have been reported missing as a replacement to the death certificate.
“How would you issue a death certificate for the Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim persons and others who were reported missing in the country?” questioned UNP MP, Buddhika Pathirana. He inquired as to what action will be taken if benefits were obtained from the issued certificate if these persons return.
In reply, Minister of Home Affairs ,Vajira Abeywardena noted that there are many such persons in the country. And at a time when the relatives do not accept that the individual is deceased, under section 110 of the Registration of Persons Act , it has been proposed to the cabinet, to introduce a certificate of absentia.
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