Centre proposed amendments to Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969

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Updated 2021/11/10 at 2:21 PM

The Centre has proposed amending a 1969 law so that it may “keep the national database of recorded births and deaths.”

According to the proposed change to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act (RBD), 1969, the database might be used to update the Population Register, the electoral register, and the databases for Aadhaar, ration cards, passports, and driving licences.

Births and deaths are now registered by a local registrar who is nominated by the state. It is suggested that the Chief Registrar (assigned by the States) maintain a uniform database at the State level, which would be integrated with data held by the Registrar General of India at the “national level” (RGI). As a result of the revisions, the Centre will become a data repository in its own right.

According to the proposed change to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act (RBD), 1969, the database might be used to update the Population Register, the electoral register, and the databases for Aadhaar, ration cards, passports, and driving licences.

“The Registrar General, India shall maintain the database of registered births and deaths at the national level, which may be used, with the approval of the Central government, to update the Population Register prepared under the Citizenship Act, 1955; electoral registers or electoral rolls prepared under the Representation of the People Act, 1951; Aadhaar database prepared under the Aadhaar Act, 2016; and r

If the revisions are enacted, the Centre may be able to utilise the data to update the National Population Register (NPR), which was initially created in 2010 and refreshed in 2015 by door-to-door enumeration. The NPR already has a database of 119 million inhabitants, and it is the first step toward establishing the National Register of Citizens under the Citizenship Rules of 2003. (NRC).

“For the purpose of the NRC, cause to be carried across the nation a house-to-house enumeration for collection of specified particulars related to each family and person dwelling in a local area, including the citizenship status,” reads Rule 4(1) of the Citizenship Rules, 2003.

With the first part of Census 2021, which has been postponed indefinitely owing to COVID-19, the NPR will be updated with new questions such as mother language, father and mother’s birthplaces, and last place of residence.

Another suggested modification is the appointment of “Special Sub-Registrars, with some or all of his powers and responsibilities for on-the-spot registration of fatalities and issue of an extract therefrom, as may be required” in the case of a calamity.

 

Source: The Hindu

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