Staff Reporter

SALEM: The Salem Corporation’s system for the delivery of status of applications seeking birth/death certificates through Short Message Service (SMS) will come into effect from November 1.

An SMS will be sent to the mobile phone of the applicant after the preparation of the birth/death certificate.

This new mobile information delivery system will help people avoid unnecessary visits to the civic offices to check the status.

The applicants will also be informed, if the civic body requires additional details from them, Corporation Commissioner K. S. Palanisamy told media persons on Friday.

The Commissioner said the civic body received an overwhelming response to the special camp held recently for the issuance of birth/death certificates.

Over 8,000 certificates were issued during the camp.

Mr. Palanisamy further said the civic body would carry out the special mosquito control drive once in two months. All the 60 wards in the city would be covered in six days during the drive.

The Corporation has also decided to equip the health department with adequate facilities.

About 200 push carts and safety gears worth Rs. 20 lakh would be procured and distributed to the sanitary workforce.

The department required more equipment particularly for the primary collection.

The civic body had already purchased 29 dumper bins at a cost of Rs. 22 lakh and 50 push carts. A total of 11 fogging machines were procured recently to intensify the mosquito control measures.

Repellents worth Rs. 20 lakh were purchased.