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Sri Lanka to introduce GPS system to foil human, drug smuggling via sea

IANS  |  Colombo 

The will soon introduce a tracking system and a special identity card for all fishermen across the island country to prevent human and drug via the sea, a has said.

said on Monday that drug trafficking, of illegal migrants and other illegal activities were being carried out under the guise of fishing and steps would soon be taken to tackle this issue, reported.

Following the introduction of the tracking system and the identity card, all fishermen who set out to sea will be required to prove their identity by scanning their fingerprints.

The new steps were being taken following repeated requests by Sri Lankan fishermen, Geeganage said.

The recently said the island country had become a transit point for major drug cartels as a consequence of the prolonged illicit activities of the Tamil Tiger rebels who were defeated by government troops in 2009 following a 30-year civil conflict.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 18:56 IST