Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023

Context:
  • The Lok Sabha has recently passed the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023 that paves the way for digital birth certificates.
About the bill:
  • The Bill aims to create a centralised database for deaths and births to help in transparent delivery of public services and to update other databases.
  • It proposes the appointment of special “sub-registrars” in case of disasters or epidemics for easier registration of deaths and issuance of certificates and to collect Aadhaar numbers of informants and parents in case of registering births
  • The bill proposes the use of a birth certificate as a single document to be used for admission to educational institutions, applications for driving licences, government jobs, passports or Aadhaar, voter enrolment, and registration of marriage, among others.
Significance:
  • This will avoid the need for a multiplicity of documents to prove date and place of birth in the country.
  • The bill will also help create a state, and national, level database of registered births and deaths.
News Source: The Hindu

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