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Dhaka Tribune

New regulations soon for birth registration

Update : 28 Feb 2014, 08:19 PM

The Local Government Division is set to introduce new regulations soon regarding the issuance of birth certificates.

A senior official of the Birth and Death Registration Project told the Dhaka Tribune that plans included incorporating the health ministry for processing birth and death certificates to accelerate the rate of timely registration.

According to the existing act, local governments (union council, municipality, city corporation) and foreign mission officials are allowed to input information regarding the issuance of birth and death certificates.

However, under the new proposed regulations, the officials would be allowed to register children of only up to 45 days of age.

After 45 days had passed, a person would have to provide the necessary information to a health assistant or an official of the expanded immunisation programme, who would use a password to access the birth registration database and input information for children up to two years of age.

After the passage of two years, one would have to appear before the deputy commissioner to get birth and death certificates.

AKM Saiful Islam Chowdhury, project director of the Birth and Death Registration Project, told the Dhaka Tribune: “It is true that we are planning to bring few changes in the existing act and introduce new regulations regarding the issuance of birth and death certificates. The process of introducing the new regulation will start soon.”

He said the goal was to ensure the registration of children within 45 days of their birth. When parents visit health assistant or EPI workers to vaccinate their children, they would be asked to produce their children’s birth certificate or register the children on the spot.

For registration of children above the age of two, one would have to explain to the DC why they failed to complete birth registration in due time.

The objective of the registration is to provide birth certificate to all people born in Bangladesh as a proof of age, expand the electronic birth registration system, and establish a central database at national level.

The existing birth and death registration act was passed in the parliament on December 7, 2004, but came into effect on July 3, 2006.

Local governments have provided over 15 crore 93 lakh birth and death certificates so far, including 15 crore 26 lakh birth and 67 lakh death certificates.

Bangladesh has digitally registered more than 10 crore births, since the introduction of the electronic birth registration system in 2009, supported by Unicef. 

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