National Action Plan on Birth and Death Registration



MoS (Home) ShriKirenRijiju says the Government is formulating a National Action Plan on Birth and Death Registration

India to achieve Universal Civil Registration by 2020, five years ahead of schedule,the Ministersays at Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific


            Union Minister of State for Home Affairs ShriKirenRijiju has said that the Government is formulating a National Action Plan on Birth and Death Registration. Addressing the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific held in Bangkok, Thailand today, he claimed that India would achieve Universal Civil Registration by 2020, five years ahead of schedule.

ShriKirenRijiju said that India under the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken several initiatives to strengthen the CRVS in the country. He said the Government is committed to improve the CRVS by linking of Governments welfare schemes with birth certificates, computerized registration, ensuring registration of all Institutional births and deaths, use of CRS data for computing vital statistics and Planning, effective advocacy and monitoring, multi-modal publicity at different levels, capacity building of Civil Registration functionaries, increased budgetary allocation to strengthen the CRVS and linking CRVS with the National Population Register.

The Minister said that the Regional Action Framework put forward by the UNESCAP envisions the achievement of universal civil registration in Asia and Pacific by 2024. ShriRijiju said that with an aim to improve the lot of the common man in every possible way, the Indian Government has set an ambitious target of advancing this target to the year 2020. This mission has been given an appropriate name- “Vision 2020”.

ShriRijiju however noted that the task is by no means simple- it is a big challenge for India to bridge a gap of 17% in birth registration and 33% in death registration. He said that 15 States have achieved cent per cent registration levels for births, 11 States have reached a level ranging between 80-99% and the remaining States have reported a level of birth registration in the range of 50-80%. In the case of deaths, five States have achieved cent percent, 12 States have achieved a level ranging between 80-99% and the remaining States are below 50%. The increase in level of registration of births in the past decade is 26% and in deaths it is 18%.

ShriRijiju said that the barriers to birth and death registration are the lack of awareness among general public on the need and importance of registration, low demand due to acceptability of alternate documents for availing basic services, involvement of Multi Departments and their lack of coordination, need for enhancing  IT infrastructure at the lowest level, improving death registration, especially of women and children, and a strong political commitment.

The Minister said that for achieving the set targets, the Office of the Registrar General, India is engaging with all the stakeholders in the CRVS such as health, planning and statistics departments, the UN agencies and civil society organizations. Increased budgetary provisions have been envisaged by the Central Government for CRVS. We would also be working with the State Governments to make similar commitments. To give a boost to the registration campaign the Government is planning to link birth and death registration to Government services such as issue of unique identification number (UID), national identity card, access to education, healthcare and insurance. Intensified advocacy among public on the need for birth certificates through a multi-modal media campaign is also being planned.



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