New Delhi: Citizens of the national
capital will now be able to get the initial copy of birth and
death certificates sought by them free of charge.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which had been
charging Rs 20 each from people for issue of birth
certificates and Rs 10 for death certificates, on Friday launched
a facility for issuing the first copies of the computerised
documents free from Citizen Service Bureaux in the city.
Delhi Mayor Prithivi Raj Sawhney and other senior MCD
leaders unveiled the scheme.
"Citizens will be allowed to collect one copy of the
record of events of birth and death free of cost within one
year from the occurrence of the event. The event should be
registered with MCD by the institutions where it has taken
place or the citizens themselves," the Mayor said.
Leader of MCD House Subhash Arya said the corporation
intends to encourage the weaker sections of society to procure
such certificates by providing the first copy free.
Arya said that initially the scheme has been launched
for within one year of the occurrence of the event. However,
MCD is developing a software which will cover the previous
years also. "All left out cases of the previous years will be
shortly covered under the new facility", he said.