Government to Amend Birth Registration Act

by Medindia Content Team on  May 11, 2007 at 8:00 PM Indian Health News
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Government to Amend Birth Registration Act
The central government is aiming for 100 percent registration of births by 2010 by amending the Registration of Birth and Death Act 1969 that would simplify the process, an official said Friday.

"Registration at birth is a serious issue as this helps in maintaining a record for a person for his or her lifetime. In India, currently the birth registration record is 64 percent as some of the states have still not implemented it properly," D.K. Sikri, Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, said here.

Sikri was addressing some leading NGOs at a workshop -"Promoting Government: Civil Society Partnerships to achieve Universal Birth Registration" - organised jointly by the UNICEF and the NGO Plan India.

According to government estimates, states that are lagging behind most are Bihar and Jharkhand where the birth registration rate is between 0-30 percent, followed closely by Uttar Pradesh and Assam.

Sikri said the governments of these states should implement a mechanism of sharing best practices with other high performing states such as West Bengal, Kerala and Punjab where the rate is 100 percent.

He said the government proposes to set up about 100,000 government service centres across the country with the task of ensuring that birth registration is done.

The government is also seeking to enhance the accountability of the state governments along with making special provisions for the registration of adopted children.

"The government is also thinking of making the entire registration process online in order to do away with the current time-consuming and cumbersome process," Sikri emphasised.

He said the reasons for which birth and death registrations have not been followed strictly in some states were lack of awareness about the importance of registration, ignorance about rules and responsibilities, low priority accorded to the work, lack of coordination and inadequate allocation of funds.

Source: IANS

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vipulraval Saturday, July 17, 2010

governpolicy is good to amend birth registration act.But,indian people and our laws are not sufficient for the chang the name of child and birth date. now resistrar of nagar palika for city, Talati cum mantri for village are competant authoriety to change the name and date in birth record on observe the other legal document enclosed with application but city and village panchat ragistrar are not correct the entry and say competant megistrat order necessary. therefore poor people do not go to highcourt to take a order. i wish a proper cercular sent to the nagar palika and village panchayat for the chage the name and date in birth record and stop the people to unnecessary heressment. jay hind

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