Kolkata, Jan 8: To get rid of touts and help citizens in its 144 wards across the city with hassle-free registration of births and deaths, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is all set to introduce an online system.
KMC senior officials initiated the move in December last after the then West Bengal Health Secretary Malay De wrote to Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed requesting to take proper steps for introduction of the online system from April 1.
Incidentally, De's letter reached Ahmed after a written request to take necessary steps for digitisation of birth and death records came to the Health Department from the Centre.
"Digitisation of records and offering the citizens an online application opportunity for registration of births and deaths will help in getting rid of touts," a senior official of KMC health department said.
It must be mentioned here that several attempts to crack down on the touts failed due to alleged nexus between them and a section of KMC health department officials. Talking more about the process, the official said the KMC health department had started its initiative a couple of years ago. "It was always on the cards.
The KMC health department had started linking the birth certificate counters in the borough offices with the central server at the headquarters a couple of years ago.
"Now, we need to a tie-up between city's hospitals and nursing homes so that these healthcare institutes stay connected with the KMC health department online and exchange data related to births and deaths whenever needed," the officer elaborated.