New Delhi: Starting from October 1, the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023, which was passed during this year’s Monsoon Session of Parliament, will officially take effect. This significant legislation allows birth certificates to serve as a single document for multiple purposes, such as gaining admission to educational institutions, obtaining a driving license, being included in the voter list, obtaining an Aadhaar number, and registering marriages or securing government job appointments.
The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was presented by Minister of State Nityanand Rai during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. In a notification issued on a recent Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced,”In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 1 of the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023 (20 of 2023), the Central Government hereby appoints the 1st day of October, 2023, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.”
The Bill received President Droupadi Murmu’s assent in August. The law will provide for the inclusion of provisions for digital registration and electronic delivery of certificates of births and deaths for the benefit of the public at large to create a national and state-level database of registered births and deaths. This would help in updating other databases resulting in efficient and transparent delivery of public services and social benefits.