Wednesday, December 29, 2010

RTI plea forces Gujarat govt to prepare database of births, deaths

Thanks to an uncommon initiative by a common man from a village in Rajkot district, the people of the state will have a New Year’s gift: the vital data concerning the births and deaths of their near and dear ones will be put in a retrievable format. This will not only help people get duplicate certificates in the event of the originals being lost but they can also get appropriate information about such important matters even if the official records are destroyed. Deputy chief registrar of births and deaths, DM Patel, has told the state information commission that from 2011 the births and deaths registration would be computerised and that the National Informatics Centre (NIC) had designed a software that would enable all data to be there on a central server.

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