The office of Registrar General of India (RGI) and the Census commissioner have decided to replicate the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) model of online birth and death registration system across the country.
According to The Indian Express, with nearly 400 private hospitals and nursing homes registered with MCD, Delhi has been recording a 100-per cent birth and death registration for the past two years. In contrast, the national average is 63 per cent for birth and 58 per cent for death registrations.
Each hospital in the city has been given a user name and password enabling them to update the authority about any death or birth by simply logging into the MCD website. Similarly, citizens can either go to the Citizen Service Bureau (CSB) and ask for a printed copy, or order online and pay by credit card.
The RGI has proposed setting up of a base centre at MCD’s Townhall office and a server operating back in each state. It also suggests that the MCD first start a pilot project in a neighbouring state before extending the network to all 35 states and Union Territories.
The report also states that MCD is looking at connecting 400 maternity homes and dispensaries in Delhi to track the immunisation schedule. The project, Linking Immunisation and Birth Records (LIBRE), was set up in 2006 with Rs six lakh grant from UNICEF