Civil registration online from April 14 in all districtsThe Department of Civil Registration (DoCR) has said it is going to start online registration of vital personal events like birth, death, marriage, divorce and migration among others in all 75 districts from April 14.
The Department of Civil Registration (DoCR) has said it is going to start online registration of vital personal events like birth, death, marriage, divorce and migration among others in all 75 districts from April 14.
The online facility, however, may not be possible in all 744 local units that have come into force under new local level restructuring due to lack of electricity and other infrastructure for now, according to the DoCR.
“A decision to start online registration in all districts was taken at the ministerial level some 10 days ago,” said Anil Kumar Thakur, director general of DoCR.
The DoCR was instituted in March 2015 as per a September 22, 2014 decision of the government with a view to streamlining the process of registering personal events like birth, death, marriage, divorce and migration among others. Earlier, it was known as the Office of the Registrar.
The country started keeping records of personal events in a more official and systematic way in 1977 as per Birth, Death and other Personal Events (Registration) Act-1976.
Online registration in the first phase will be immediately started at places where required infrastructure are available, said Thakur, adding that in other places the online system will be implemented gradually.
The DoCR is also planning to write to all metropolises, sub-metropolises, municipalities and village councils in a few days regarding implementation of online registration of personal events. There are four metropolises, 13 sub-metropolises, 246 municipal councils and 481 village councils across the country under the new local level structuring.
Currently, online service is available at 205 locations of different districts including Kathmandu, Ilam, Dhankuta and Butwal. So far, over 500,000 personal events have been registered online, according to the DoCR.
According to the DoCR, a total of 11.5 million events (64 percent of total personal events) have been registered. “We want to increase the registration to cent percent or close to that,” said Thakur.
The DoCR is also planning to instruct the local units to celebrate April 14-20 as “Personal Event Registration Week” to raise awareness about registration of personal events. Ward offices are responsible for registration of vital personal events, according to the DoCR.