Private hospitals and nursing homes of the city will now have to send all the birth and death data to the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) online on the same day, failing which the corporation would penalise them.
For better coordination, the LMC has called a meeting of nursing home and hospital owners on Thursday.
The registration of births and deaths is an important function of LMC.
The certificates issued are very important for anyone as they are definitive legal documents of identity of an individual.
“Birth certificates are necessary for admission in school, passport and job applications,” said PK Srivastava, additional municipal commissioner.
“Some hospitals never send their birth and death records to us and that’s why the corporation faces problems while issuing birth/death certificates,” he added.
Srivastava emphasised that hospitals must understand that if they don’t send the data, then they are violating the norms of the Birth and Death Registration Act.
“Now when these hospitals are maintaining computerised records, the LMC only wants them to forward the data of births and deaths to its account. This would help the corporation update its data fast,” added Srivastava.
Initially, the municipal corporation would only request the private hospitals to send their data online but after six months it would start penalising those hospitals that don’t cooperate.
“We are mulling a fine of R100 per birth and death or R100 per day in case the records are not sent online to the LMC,” he said.