The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) is alleging a conspiracy to make Sri Lanka a ‘digital colony’ of India by allowing that country to get hold of all details of the island’s population in the guise of an electronic identity card.
Education secretary of the party Pubudu Jayagoda told the media in Kandy today (22) that the electronic identity card project introduced by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime in 2013 is now apparently a move not just to repress the people.
It has become entangled with the region’s geopolitics.
India’s offer to fund half of the Rs. 41 billion cost of the electronic identity card project is on condition that it should be given to an Indian company.
Then, India comes to possess all Sri Lankans’ facial and other biometric features, family trees, illnesses and medicines used, bank account details etc.
That is equal to Sri Lanka becoming an Indian colony, said Jayagoda.
He urged the government to immediately withdraw the project and requested the people to reject electronic identity cards and to refrain from providing their personal information.