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Consular service to help Tamil refugees

Nov 24, 2010 10:43:08 AM - itnnews.lk

The Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka has initiated mobile consular services to provide assistance to Lankan refugees in the Tamil Nadu State.

The Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai conducted the mobile consular service on the 21st and 22nd to assess the viability and efficiency of extending such services to refugees living in the camps across the State. A total of 303 applications were accepted in the Madurai District. After processing, 250 birth certificates were handed over to the relevant applicants there itself.

The mobile service is part of its outreach programme of President Rajapaksa calling upon all Sri Lankans abroad to return to their motherland. Hundreds of Sri Lankan children born in the State who were living in refugee camps were yet to be registered under the act of Consular Functions of Sri Lanka. Similarly, numerous unregistered marriages need to be registered and Certificates of Marriage have to be issued. Possession of such documents would help the refugees for a smooth transition and rehabilitation once they were back in Sri Lanka.