Low registration of birth, death due to lack of awareness

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) The registration of births and deaths in the country is low due to lack of awareness among people about its need and importance, low priority accorded to it and low utility of registration certificates, Registrar General of India D.K.

Sikri said today.

Inaugurating the two-day National Conference of Chief Registrars of Births and Deaths began here, Mr Sikri said that the current level of registration is 64 per cent for births and 58 per cent for deaths.

He hoped that it would be possible to achieve the target of 100 per cent registration of births and deaths by 2010 as mandated by the National Population Policy, 2000.

Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have already achieved 100 per cent registration of births, he informed and complemented the Chief Registrars of different States and Union Territories on the good work done by their offices.

Mr Sikri also outlined some of the reasons for low level of registration of births and deaths such as lack of awareness among people about the need and importance of registration, low priority accorded to this work and low utility of registration certificates.

The participants at the two-day Conference include Chief Registrars of States and Union Territories and representatives from UNICEF, Plan India, health department of different States, Office of Registrar General of India and Directorates of Census Operations in the States and Union Territories.

UNI

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