Digital Birth Certificates

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    Syllabus: GS2/Governance

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    • All reported births and deaths in the country will be digitally registered on the Centre’s portal from October 1.

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    • The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023  paves way for digital birth certificates. 
    • It will be a single document to be used for admission to educational institutions, applications for driving licence, government jobs, passports or Aadhaar, voter enrolment, and registration of marriage, among others, will come into effect from October 1.
    • The centralised database will also update the National Population Register (NPR), ration cards, property registration and electoral rolls.
    • It will be compulsory for States to register births and deaths on the Centre’s Civil Registration System (CRS) portal and share data with the RGI which functions under the Union Home Ministry.

    National Population Register (NPR)

    • NPR is the first step to the creation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), as per the Citizenship Act.
    • NPR, first collected in 2010 and updated in 2015 through door-to-door enumeration, already has a database of 119 crore residents.

    Source: TH