The current system of registering births and deaths is centrlised and controlled by the municipal bodies. The government is planning to move towards a decentralised system with a pilot project at two of its largest hospitals. This system may later be expanded to other government hospitals.
By next month, the Lok Nayak hospital and Guru Teg Bahadur hospital will start issuing these certificates to people who are born there, or die during treatment.
Dr B K Singh, director and chief registrar, births and deaths, said, We are trying to simplify the process of getting certificates. Until now, citizens had to report births and deaths within 21 days of occurrence to local government authorities. They had to visit corporation offices for registration which would take another seven days.
In case of a birth, the hospital will issue a certificate on the last day of the hospital stay of the mother. In the case of a death at the hospital, a certificate will be issued on the day of the death. The first copies of both will be issued free of cost and hospitals will also upload the registration data online.
This system would later be replicated in government and corporation hospitals which have atleast 500 beds.
The municipal bodies have been training hospital staff in manual and online registration of births and deaths, and on issuing certificates. They will supply printed copies of certificates to hospitals.
For the project, a member of the senior administrative staff at each of the two hospitals has been appointed as sub-registrar, births and deaths.