Registration of Birth and Death Rules and regulation

The Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 was enforced in Lakshadweep on1.4.1970. The rules under the Act were approved by the Central Government on 1.7.1970.

  1. Hierarchy of Registration of Births and Deaths in Lakshadweep:
    1. Chief Registrar of Births and Deaths: Director of Medical & Health Services
    2. District Registrar of Births & Deaths: Deputy Director of Medical & Health Services.
    3. Additional District Registrar (Medical Officer in-charge of each island i.e. Sub Divisional level).
    4. Registrar of Birth & Death: Health Inspectors of each island
  2. Reporting and Registration: In Lakshadweep 100% of the births and deaths are registered and this is regularly reviewed in the office of Chief Registrar of Births and Deaths. Delayed registration is very less. There are no private hospitals/Nursing homes in Lakshadweep. The vital events taking place in Government medical institutions are reported in time. Awareness on the importance of Registration of births and deaths is created through various media such as posters, newspapers and electronic media.
  3. Formalities of certificate: Certificate is issued to the informant free of charge immediately after registration and thereafter to all those applying for the same in the Form prescribed under the RBD rule.
  4. Authority to issue certificate: Health Inspectors working in 9 Village (Dweep) Panchayats and Pharmacist, First Aid Centre, Bitra are designated as Registrar of Births and Deaths in the respective island and they are empowered to issue certificate.
  5. Delayed Registration: Delayed registrations are very rare in this U.T. At present the Additional District Magistrate, Lakshadweep has been declared as the prescribed authority to issue orders to register the events reported after one year of its occurrence.
  6. Safe keeping of records: The registers beyond one year are kept in safe custody of the Additional District Registrar of Births and Deaths in the islands.
  7. Involvement of elected bodies in civil registration: The elected bodies are fully involved in the Civil Registration System in Lakshadweep. Registration of Births and Deaths has been transferred to Village (Dweep) Panchayat vide Order F.No. 20/3/99- DMHS (B&D) dated 6.8.1999. Accordingly the registration of births and deaths and issue of certificate and maintenance of records of each current year was brought under the control of Village (Dweep) Panchayat. The Health Inspector functioning hither to as Registrar of Births and Deaths was also transferred to the Panchayat.
  8. Review and coordination of Registration work: A District level coordination committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Collector cum Development Commissioner to review and coordinate the registration of births and deaths.

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