From October 1, all births and deaths to be registered digitally

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From October 1, all births and deaths to be registered digitally

From October 1st, all reported births and deaths in India will be registered digitally on the Centre's portal.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a notification that the Registration of Births and Deaths Act 2023 will come into force from October 1, 2023.

It will pave the way for digital birth certificate, a single document that can be used for admission to educational institutions, applications for driving licences, government jobs, passports, or Aadhaar, voter enrollment, and marriageregistration.

The law allows the Registrar General of India to launch a national and state-level database of birth and death records. Under the proposed law, chief registrars and registrars will be obligated to share data on registered births and deaths with the national database.

The act also enables citizens of the nation affected by any action or order of the registrar or district registrar to appeal to the district registrar or chief registrar. This appeal must be filed within 30 days of receipt of such action. The district registrar or the chief registrar must give their decision within 90 days from the date of appeal.

It will be made compulsory for the states to register births and deaths on the Centre's Civil Registration System portal and share data with the RGI. The Act authorises the government to collect Aadhaar numbers of parents and informants, in case of birthregistration, if available.

Currently, both parents voluntarily provide the CRS Aadhaar number for a newborn's birth certificate generated through the CRS.