Immigration and Emigration Dept under 5S
COLOMBO: On the initiative of Prime Minister and Internal
Administration Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and the guidance of
Internal Administration Ministry Secretary Dr. U. Vidanapathirana the
Immigration and Emigration Department has taken steps to transform
itself to an exemplary state institution providing a streamlined and
productive service to the people.
Controller of Immigration and Emigration P.B. Abeykoon said these
steps included the introduction of the 5S system and providing practical
training to the department staff at all levels, to cope with the
increasing range of activities the department is involved in the context
of modern international trends.
The annual number of migrants exceeded three million. The Department
received 35000 to 39000 passport applications monthly and the number of
passports issued ranged from 10000 to 12000 per month. The department
also assisted many other activities including the issuing of visas and
supporting airport activities.
The Department contributed nearly Rs. 3000 million earnings annually
to the country’s coffers through these activities with a total staff of
He said the Department has now applied for 1S0 status