UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev on Tuesday launched the online facility for getting birth and death certificates. With this, residents can now take any number of copies of the birth and death certificates sitting at home. The UT administration has uploaded the data of births and deaths since 1995 on http://crsorgi.gov.in. For births and deaths occurring prior to 1995, certificates will be issued manually as before.
The facility of issuance of birth certificate at the time of discharge of the newborn delivered at the government hospitals in the city had already been announced.
Another feature of the online system is that the all the certificates have a unique quick response code (QR code) printed on them through which the authenticity of each certificate can easily be validated. This will also stop forgery or counterfeiting of certificates. The application form can be accessed from http://crsorgi.gov.in.
Birth and death certificates will also be issued by hospitals. To begin with, the facility has been introduced at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh; Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, Civil Hospital Sector 22, and Civil Hospital, Manimajra, as they account for 80% of the births and deaths in the city.
These individual institutions will be responsible for issuing all the birth and death certificates, addition of baby name and the corrections in the certificates, if any. The first copy of the birth certificate will be issued free of cost.
The online system is yet another resultant of the combined effort of Chandigarh administration and municipal corporation to facilitate and streamline the citizen service delivery system.
The basic objective of the launch is to decentralise the work in order to ensure that timely registrations are done so that the certificates can be provided to the citizens in time.
The online system will also ensure that the birth registration of the newborn is complete before the mother is discharged from the hospital so that the parents can walk away from the hospital with the certificate in hand.
Among others present during the launch were home secretary Anurag Agarwal, finance secretary Sarvjit Singh, mayor Poonam Sharma, MC commissioner Bhawna Garg and deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi.