Starting on October 1st, your Birth Certificate will serve as the only document needed for various important services such as school admission, getting a driver’s license, registering to vote, obtaining an Aadhaar number, recording marriages, and applying for government jobs.
Govt Just Powered Up Birth Certificate, Now the Only Document to Get Variety of Services
“It will help create a database of registered births and deaths, which eventually would ensure efficient and transparent delivery of public services and social benefits and digital registration,” said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs while announcing the commencement of Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023 (20 of 2023), the Central Government hereby appoints the 1st day of October 2023, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” reads the notification.
Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023 Passed in Parliament
In the recent Monsoon Session, both Houses of Parliament passed the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023. The Rajya Sabha approved it on August 7th, while the Lok Sabha passed it on August 1st.
Here are the essential points to follow:
- The Act gives the Registrar General of India the job of overseeing a national list of births and deaths. In each state, State-appointed Chief Registrars and Registrars are responsible for adding information to this national list, while Chief Registrars also manage similar lists for their own states.
- Before this, few employees were required to submit data for births and deaths to the registrar.
- For instance, when a baby is born in a hospital, the doctor in charge must report it. They also need to include the Aadhaar numbers of the parents and the person giving the information. This rule applies in a similar fashion for births in jails, hotels, or lodges, where the jailor and hotel manager must provide the relevant information.
- Thanks to the new Act, the list has grown to include more situations. It now covers adoptive parents in non-institutional adoptions, biological parents in surrogacy cases, and the single parent or unwed mother in the case of their child’s birth.
- “As per the Act, any person aggrieved by any action or order of the Registrar or District Registrar may appeal to the District Registrar or Chief Registrar, respectively. Such an appeal must be made within 30 days from receipt of such action or order. The District Registrar or Chief Registrar must give their decision within 90 days from the date of appeal,” mentioned livemint.