Digital birth certificates will help to simplify official documentation

The Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Amendment Bill, 2023, has been introduced in India in order to introduce digital birth certificates that will act as comprehensive records for a variety of critical functions.

About RBD Bill, 2023

It amends the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969.

The registration of births and deaths is governed by the Act.

Key Takeaways from the Bill National Database:

  • The Bill requires the establishment of an Indian Registrar General to keep a national database of recorded births and deaths. Chief Registrars will also maintain state-level databases that are linked to the national database.
  • Integration of Aadhaar: Aadhaar details of parents and informants must be provided by specified persons reporting births, which includes adoptive parents, biological parents in surrogacy cases, and single parents or unwed moms.
  • Digital Registration: The proposed Bill aims to streamline public services by introducing digital registration and electronic distribution of birth and death certificates.
  • Death Certificates: Medical institutions are required to give certificates indicating the cause of death for fatalities that occur on their premises.
  • Certificates must be distributed quickly: The Registrar must transmit birth and death certificates to the individual who registered the event within seven days of registration.
  • Individuals who are dissatisfied with the actions or orders of the Registrar or District Registrar may file an appeal with the District Registrar or Chief Registrar within 30 days of receipt. The appeal decision must be made within 90 days.
  • The Bill proposes to collect Aadhaar details in order to simplify registration for adopted, orphaned, abandoned, surrendered, surrogate, and children of single parents or unwed mothers.
  • Integration with the National Population Register (NPR): The CRS database will be used to update the NPR, ration cards, and property registration records, improving the NPR’s effectiveness and setting the framework for the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

@the end

  • The adoption of digital birth certificates in India represents a big step forward in improving administrative operations and public services.
  • The country hopes to increase efficiency and transparency in accessing numerous critical services by implementing a centralised system for registration and digital distribution of credentials.
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