Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023 which allows a birth certificate to be used as a single document for various purposes is set to come into force from October 1.
In simple terms birth certificates will now become a single-point document which can be used for the following functions from October 1:
- School or college admission
- Procuring a driving licence
- Preparing a voter list
- Aadhaar number
- Registration of marriage
- Appointment to a government job
- Any other purpose determined by the centre
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs made the declaration in a notification issued on Wednesday, stating October 1 as the official date on which the provisions of the Act shall come into force.
Efficiency and transparency
This would pave the way for the creation of a national and state-level database of registered births and deaths which would ultimately ensure efficient and transparent delivery of public services, social benefits and digital registration.
According to the new legislation, the national database may be made available to other authorities preparing or maintaining other databases.
Use in other databases
These include population register, electoral rolls, ration cards, and any other national database as notified.
Similarly, the state database may be made available to authorities dealing with other state databases, subject to state government approval.
Any person aggrieved by any action or order of the Registrar or District Registrar may appeal to the District Registrar or Chief Registrar, respectively.
This appeal must be made within 30 days from receipt of such action or order.
The District Registrar or Chief Registrar will have to give their decision within 90 days from the date of appeal.