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Parents need to record religion separately for child birth certificate: Draft

New Delhi | Updated: April 7, 2024 07:57 IST


The rule will also apply for adoption. State governments need to notify and adopt the rules before they come into force.



It also aims to create a national and state-level database of registered births and deaths, which would help in updating other databases resulting in efficient and transparent delivery of public services and social benefits.


Father and mother of a newborn child will now have to record their religion separately while registering the birth of the child, according to Model Rules drafted by the Home ministry.


Earlier, only the family’s religion was recorded in birth registers.


The rule will also apply for adoption. State governments need to notify and adopt the rules before they come into force.


In the last Monsoon Session of Parliament, the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was passed that allows the use of a birth certificate as a single document for admission to an educational institution, issuance of a driving licence, preparation of voter list, Aadhaar number, registration of marriage or appointment to a government job. The Bill makes provisions for digital registration and electronic delivery of certificates of births and deaths.


It also aims to create a national and state-level database of registered births and deaths, which would help in updating other databases resulting in efficient and transparent delivery of public services and social benefits. It also makes provisions for collection of Aadhaar numbers of parents for birth registration.

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