Married couples will be spared the ordeal of running from pillar to post for getting their marriage registered as the UT administration is all set to make marriage registration online.
The software has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and it has been successfully tested. The facility will be made available very shortly.
As per rules, marriage registration is mandatory. At present, the process of getting marriage registered is marred by red-tapism, which has led to flourishing of touts. Currently, the applicants have to undergo tedious process starting from submitting of documents to the officer concerned and getting a marriage certificate.
Under the new system, an application will be processed in two stages before being signed by the UT deputy commissioner (DC)-cum-marriage officer. After an applicant form is filled online, it will be first processed by a clerk and then verified by the tehsildar-cum-registrar of marriages. After the verification is complete, the file will be moved to the DC who will digitally sign it and the certificate will be issued.
The couples will also have the option of manually submitting the application in a prescribed form stamped with requisite court fee, which will be scanned and then processed.
UT DC-cum-marriage officer Mohammed Shayin, who mooted the proposal, said the online system, which would be launched soon, had been prepared for ensuring that residents do not face any inconvenience for getting a basic document such as marriage certificate.
“Earlier, sometimes the process used to get delayed when I was out of town for official work. With the help of new system, now I can sign and approve the file even while on move,” Shayin said.
He further added that a complete list of documents required would be made available online and would be of help to those who were not aware of documents required.
Lauding the initiative of the administration, Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman PC Sanghi said the move would go a long way in putting a check on malpractices.
“With loopholes in the current system, the couples, who are not aware of the process, are being fleeced by touts,” Sanghi said.
Significantly, the UT estate office has also started computerisation of all the records such as building plans and other records.
Advantages of marriage registration
The certificate is proof of marriage
It also acts as residence proof
Helps in getting visa for husband/wife
Helpful in claiming life insurance benefits/ bank deposits when the depositee dies without a nomination
Marriage certificate act as evidence against false denial of marriage by either of the spouses