Staff Reporter

Project being implemented in 52 Government and 30 private hospitals

KOCHI: Long wait for birth certificates at corporation and municipal offices are a thing of the past. Online registration and issuance of birth certificates is the in thing. The Ernakulam General Hospital, the only one in the district where the pilot project is being implemented, will soon issue on-the-spot birth certificates through the hospital kiosk.

The State Government is implementing the project in 52 Government hospitals and 130 private hospitals in the five corporation areas of the State, as part of its efforts at improving the service delivery related to civil registrations in the corporations.

Parents of the newborn will be issued birth certificates from the hospital as soon as they fill up the form for registration. This is made possible through the networking of the hospitals with the corporations. Other than the General Hospital, the facility will soon become operational at Sri Avittom Tirunal Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram; Government Victoria Hospital, Kollam; District Hospital, Thrissur; and the Institute of Maternal and Child Health, Kozhikode.

The beneficiaries will have to pay a service charge of Rs.15 for the certificate. The project is being implemented in association with the Information Kerala Mission.

Even though Kochi Corporation has set up the Jana Sevana Kendram on the corporation office premises for issuing birth certificates on the same day of submitting the application, at present there is a delay of two to three days for issuing the certificates, corporation officials said.

In civic bodies where the certificates are issued manually, it will take at least five days to issue the birth certificates. The corporations are charging Rs.20 for certificates issued in stamp papers.

One of the advantages of the online system is that any correction in the birth certificate can be made instantly. If the beneficiaries want birth certificates in stamp papers, it can also be obtained from the civic bodies. The accounts of the new system will be in a joint account of the Secretary of the corporation and Kudumbasree.

The data entry operators of the Kudumbasree will be deployed in hospitals for the project, who will collect the service charges and issue receipts on behalf of the corporation. The system will be run by the hospital managements in private hospitals.