Birth, Death registrations to go online across this State in India

Birth, Death registrations to go online across this State in India

Tamil Nadu’s Civil Registration System (CRS) is all set to go online in a few days. The Directorate of Public Health (DPH) and Preventive Medicine is rolling out a portal — — using which people can take printouts of birth or death certificates for free.

K. Kolandaswamy, Director of Public Health and chief registrar of births and deaths, said this would be on the lines of the online facility presently offered by the Chennai Corporation. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami is likely to launch the portal next week.

Better accountability

“The Corporation was instrumental in developing the software with support from the National Health Mission. This is a citizen-friendly initiative and brings in transparency and accountability. People no longer need to visit government offices to get birth and death certificates,” he said.

Officials of the State Bureau of Health Intelligence said there were 16,505 birth and death registration units, including those in village panchayats, town panchayats, municipalities, corporations, primary health centres, government medical college hospitals and ESI hospitals.

“Since October 9, 2017, we have been successfully running a common CRS software through which these registration units collate details of births and deaths. As per a government order issued then, the DPH, who is the chief registrar of births and deaths, should come up with a public domain to issue certificates for free. So we have readied a public domain and people can download the certificates for free ,” an official said.

The portal will have data from January 1, 2018. All records available with municipalities and corporations will be uploaded in a phased manner. “Data readily available with local bodies will be uploaded. Old data will be digitised and uploaded in a reverse direction gradually,” Dr. Kolandaswamy added.

In case of queries on the system, people could contact helplines 102 and 104 after the launch, he added.

Name registration

The portal will also feature a facility for applying for name registration.

There will be no fee for name registration within 12 months of the date of registration of a child.

An application form will be made available on the portal. People can apply and upload the required documents. Following this, the registrar would visit them to verify the documents, officials said.

Source:- thehindu

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