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What is a Birth Certificate and its necessity

A Birth Certificate is the most important identity document that makes it possible for anyone in possession of it to benefit from a gamut of services offered by the Indian Government to its citizens. It becomes necessary to obtain a Birth Certificate because it serves to establish the date and fact of one’s birth for a whole range of purposes, like acquiring the right to vote, admission to schools and to the Government Service, claiming the right to marry at the legally permissible age, settlement of inheritance and property rights, and obtaining Government-issued identity documents like a driving licence or passport. Concerned Authority Joint Director, Health Services of any District.

 

Procedure To apply for a Birth Certificate, you must first register the birth. The birth has to be registered with the concerned local authorities within 21 days of its occurrence, by filling up the form prescribed by the Registrar. Birth Certificate is then issued after verification with the actual records of the concerned hospital. In case the birth has not been registered within the specified time of its occurrence, the certificate is issued after due police verification ordered by the revenue authorities. In the event of a failure to register the birth of a child within the stipulated period of 21 days, one has to obtain a non-objection certificate (NOC), which is issued for the child who has crossed the age of one year without obtaining Birth certificate. This certificate is issued by the District Administration to obtain Birth Certificate, which in turn is issued by the Joint Director, Health Services of a district of Assam. The applicant has to apply at the receipt counter of the Public Facilitation Center, Deputy Commissioner's Office. The operator accepts the application and provides a computer generated receipt of the application. A printout of the certificate is taken, based on the data from the application. The certificate, along with the document, is dispatched to the concerned Officer, and after prior approval of the officer through a signature, the certificate is sent back to the receipt counter to be issued to the applicant. The Legal Framework In India, it is mandatory under the law (as per the Registration of Births & Deaths Act, 1969) to register every birth/stillbirth with the concerned State/UT Government within 21 days of its occurrence. The Government accordingly has provided for a well-defined system for registration of Birth, with the Registrar General at the centre and the Chief Registrars in the States, running through district registrars to the village and town registrars at the periphery.

The certificate is issued on the same day as the day of application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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