Parents will be able to get a birth registration certificate if they name a child on the day of birth. Every birth recorded at any public or private hospital is being uploaded on the birth and death registration website of the Government of India.
“If parents name their child on the day of birth, the hospital can upload the information about the birth along with the name. Within three days, parents can get a printout of the birth certificate from the website,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In the past, parents had to approach the ward office to get a birth certificate issued.
In cases where parents are yet to name the child, the online birth certificate will be issued without the name. “Parents will have to approach the local ward office to introduce the name in the certificate,” added Keskar.
Since January, the BMC’s health department has made birth and death certificates available online. The digitalisation of records is a part of the union government’s initiative to make an internet-based civil registration system. The online service has made it possible to have uniform birth and death certificates which will have the logo of the respective corporation issuing it. Families can also print death certificates from the online portal. “All public hospitals upload the information of the death registered at their facility online, within three days of which, the death certificate is made available online,” said a senior civic official responsible for the implementation of the program.
“Information of deaths that occur at private hospitals and homes will also be uploaded on the portal by the local ward office.”