Pass system out, new scheme for northern residents


A pass system where civilians in the north were required to obtain passes to visit the south including Colombo remained operative for two days but has since been withdrawn. The Sunday Times last week revealed details of this scheme.

In terms of this system civilians travelling from Vavuniya, Mannar and the uncleared areas were told to declare the purpose of their visit, location at which they intend to stay and proposed date of return to obtain the police clearance.

However another new scheme has now come into operation. This entails the setting up of three entry-exit points in Medhawachchiiya to expedite the movement of civilians and goods including essential commodities.

Three more exit-entry points will be set up in Medawachchciya for people travelling from Vavuniya, the uncleared areas and Mannar to the rest of the country shortly, officials said.

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