A week-long special Consular Service organized by the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai to mark the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka, successfully concluded on 02nd February 2018.
The programme registered 1139 births of children born to Sri Lankan parents residing in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India.
The Special Consular Service programme commenced on Monday, 29th January and continued until Friday, 02nd February 2018 for the benefit of children from various camps in Madurai, Tirunelveli, Pudukottai, Karur, Vellore, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Erode and Tirupur districts.
The Deputy High Commission initiated and commenced the Special Consular Service programme as a pilot project focusing its effort to support and encourage the registration of births of children born to Sri Lankan parents living in refugee camps, resulting in 1029 birth registrations in the year 2016 as part of its effort to promote the Government policy on National Integration and Reconciliation.
During 2017, the Mission conducted 52 Special Consular Services on a weekly basis at the Chancery premises and issued 3520 birth certificates.
Among Sri Lankans living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, around 10,000 – 11,000 births reportedly remain unregistered. The Mission aims to continue the weekly Special Consular Service during 2018 as well, with a view to bringing the number of unregistered births to zero at the earliest possible. (Colombo Gazette)