If the residents of Batala need death or birth certificates, they are supposed to clear all their pending bills relating to water supply, sewerage and house tax. A decision to this effect was taken by the local municipal council authorities last year, forcing the residents to rush from one department to another while trying to clear their pending dues to get these certificates.
In stark violation of norms and regulations, the local municipal council had passed an order on April 25, 2013, under which they restrained the employees of the health department sitting in the MC office, who issue birth and death certificates to the people, to issue these certificates only to those people who had obtained a ‘no dues’ certificate from council authorities.
The employees working in the birth and death department of the MC come directly under the jurisdiction of the health department and are not bound to take orders from the council authorities. The MC authorities, by issuing such an order, had violated all norms and regulations.
As most of the private schools had made it mandatory to attach the birth certificate of a child with the admission form, it became an uphill task for the parents to get their children admitted in a school. As per available information, more than 5,000 applications seeking birth certificate are lying pending with the council. Besides these applications, there are numerous applicants who are seeking death certificate, which is mandatory for various legal purposes.
MC executive officer MS Randhawa was not available for comments while Batala SDM Lovejeet Kaur, who is also holding the charge of administrator of the MC, said that she will look into the matter.
Gurdaspur DC Abhinav Trikha assured to initiate an inquiry into the matter. “Getting birth and death certificate is the fundamental right of every citizen and nobody will be allowed to violate this right.”