Registering Birth Will Be Guided By Parents’ Religion

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has drafted new rules for childbirth registration. 
  • The rules must be adopted and notified by state governments before implementation. 
  • The new rules require parents to specify the religion of both parents separately during childbirth registration. 
  • The “Form No.1-Birth Report” will include separate sections for the child’s religion and the religion of both parents. 
  • This update also applies to parents of adopted children. 
  • The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act of 2023 maintains information on birth and death registrations in the national database. 
  • The Act allows for the updating of various databases including the National Population Register, electoral rolls, Aadhaar number, ration card, passport, driving license, property registration, etc. 
  • All births and deaths must be digitally registered through the Centre’s Civil Registration System portal. 
  • States will be required to register births and deaths on the Centre’s Civil Registration System (CRS) portal and share the data with the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India (RGI).
Posted in Current Affairs.