President Maithripala Sirisena has placed signature on the Gazette notification to operationalize the Office on Missing Persons in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation.
The Office on Missing Persons Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of 2017 comes into implementation and operation with effect from 15th September, sources explained.
The gazette reads: "By virtue of the powers vested in me by Section 1 (2) of the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Act, No. 14 of 2016 as amended by Act, No. 9 of 2017, I, Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation do by this Order, appoint September 15, 2017 to be the date on which the provisions of Parts I, II, III, IV and V of the aforesaid Act shall come into operation.”