The Cabinet of Ministers this week approved a proposal to issue electronic National Identity Cards (e-NICs) to all citizens.
The new IDs incorporating sophisticated devise required for the current and future needs of national security will be issued through the Department of Registration of Persons.
The e-NIC will conform to the relevant international standards and comprises of security features against tampering, counterfeiting or forging.
The department hopes to provide a modern computerised identity card at an affordable cost to the citizens. They will be free of charge to registered persons during the initial period, the Government said.
The Cabinet approved the proposal on this regard submitted by the President as Minister of Defence.