As part of its e-governance initiatives, the Coimbatore Corporation will soon embark on a project to make issue of birth and death certificates easy, and proposes to tie up with government and private hospitals.
At present, the Corporation issues the certificates at its four zonal offices. It registers new births and issues certificates on the basis of letters or certificates from the respective hospitals and other relevant documents.
For issuing certificates alone, the Corporation considers requests, both online and manual and sends them by post for a fee.
Under the new system, the city's residents would also be able to get the certificates right at the 44 ward offices without having to make a trip to the zonal offices. This is only a part of the project, though. Commissioner Anshul Mishra says the civic body, by networking with city hospitals, including the private ones, will ensure that birth certificates are issued right at the hospital.
This means that Coimbatoreans need not even make a trip to the ward offices.
An officer involved with the implementation of the information technology projects says the plan is to connect the computers at hospitals to the Corporation server and appoint a hospital employee as a nodal staff. And even as the details are entered at the hospital, designated officers at the Corporation will monitor the same and append their digital signatures to the certificates to lend authenticity.
The officer says the civic body plans to issue the digital certificates to around 30 sanitary inspectors and train them in the new facility.
The Corporation has submitted a proposal for Rs. 25 crore to the Commissioner for Municipal Administration to implement the project.