Staff Reporter

Corporation to introduce security features

New system to be in place in two months

Specially designed paper to be procured

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The city Corporation will introduce hidden security features in birth and death certificates in a bid to prevent counterfeiting.

The Corporation Council, which met here on Tuesday, adopted a resolution to procure specially designed paper with security features for furnishing birth and death certificates.

Chairman of the Corporation’s standing committee on Health and Education G.R. Anil told the council that the new system was expected to be in place within two months.

MICR paper

As per a proposal submitted by a private company, birth and death certificates will be furnished on MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) paper containing visible and non-visible security features.

Unique feature

The unique feature of this paper is that when photocopied, every copy of the certificate will carry an indication revealing that it is a copy. Initially, the Corporation will purchase one lakh papers at a cost of around Rs.3.45 lakh.

Complaints galore

“The Corporation decided to introduce security features on birth and death certificates following complaints about forged certificates. Many such cases come to light during visa processing. This has become a major concern, especially in the backdrop of terror activities in the country,” Mr. Anil said.

He said the Corporation would invite open tenders for the purpose. Mr Anil added that the security features would also be introduced in other certificated documents issued by the Corporation, including marriage certificate.

File-tracking system

Mayor C.Jayan Babu told the council that the Corporation had initiated steps to implement a file-tracking system in the Town Planning Department.

Intervening in a discussion on irregularities in the department, he said the system would involve giving different colour codes to files marked for different sections.

“If a file is found missing from a particular section even after the introduction of the system, action will be taken against the official from whose custody it has gone missing,” Mr. Babu said.

Earlier, the meeting witnessed a heated debate following allegations about missing files in the Town Planning Department.

The council decided to install 666 ceiling fans in 28 government schools in the city under the People’s Plan campaign. The project also includes electrification and wiring of classrooms.

Delay in completing road maintenance in various wards led to heated discussions at the meeting, with many councillors alleging that funds earmarked for road works were not being utilised.

Computer network

The Mayor also added that the Corporation was in the process of upgrading its computer network by linking various zonal offices to the main office.

“There is some apprehension among the public that with this linking, the services now available at the Corporation zonal offices will be shifted to the main office. This is not true.

The services and facilities available at the zonal offices will continue,” Mr. Babu said.

He also added that directives had already been given to all Corporation departments and zonal offices to clear all pending files before the fiscal end.

Memorial

The council also accepted an adjournment motion moved by Secretariat ward councillor Biju Harikumar to request the government to shift the bust of Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai into the Accountant General’s (AG’s) office compound. The bust is to be displaced as part of road development.

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