Dhammika to open passport office in Jaffna

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Minister of Investment Promotion Dhammika Perera said he would utilise his personal funds to set up a new branch of the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Jaffna and thereby reduce congestion at the Colombo office.

Perera said he would implement a new scheme to allow Sri Lankans to migrate, thereby allowing the country to earn much-needed foreign exchange as well.

He stated that due to the unprecedented demand by the public to seek overseas employment, scores of people are forced to wait in endless queues near the Passport Office.

Perera explained that as a solution to reduce congestion, branch offices will be set up in Districts such as Matara, Kandy, Vavuniya and Kurunegala shortly to conduct one-day services. The new minister added that under his watch the service rendered by the Department of Immigration and Emigration will be expedited via the setting up of new offices at strategic areas.

By Mithun Jayawardene