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Soon, apply online for birth certificate

The civic body plans to courier the document to your home within 48 hours of an application, reports Naresh Kamath.
Hindustan Times | By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2007 01:42 AM IST

No longer will you have to make the rounds of local ward offices to obtain a birth certificate. The civic body plans to courier the document to your home within 48 hours of an application.

As for the application, it can be made online. Additional Municipal Commissioner Sri Kant Singh said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation initiative was an effort to bring the benefits of technology to the common man.

“It is part of our e-governance programme and the whole process is very simple. We have tied up with the postal department to courier the certificates and with banks which will accept payments,” Singh said.

The payment is to be made online at the time of ordering the birth certificate, and the BMC has reached an understanding with the State Bank Of India and the UTI Bank for the purpose.

At first, only those born after 1995 will be under the home delivery scheme, which is slated to kick off sometime during the month.
Civic officials have finished entering a major part of the data since 1995. “We will extend the years gradually,” Singh said.

Today it can take hours of waiting at ward offices to procure a birth certificate.

The BMC dispenses around 300 certificates daily for most part of the year, but the number doubles during the school and college admission season of May-July.

People have welcomed the new scheme, calling it a positive step. “There is complete chaos during admission time. With this move, people will be able to order from the calm of their home,” said Kinjal Solanky (37), a management consultant.

The civic body will charge Rs 10 per copy for the birth certificates. The courier charge is still to be decided, but the BMC says it will be competitive.

Another plan in the pipeline is making hospitals intimate the BMC of births. The idea is to do save the parents’ time by doing away with the need to visit ward officials to register births.

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