Couples to get certificate within 90 days of marriage

Last Updated: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 22:25

Mumbai: The red-tape involved in getting a
marriage certificate in the city may be a thing of the past as
authorities have now begun issuing the document from any of
the 24 ward offices in the metropolis.

The decision by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
comes more than two years after the Supreme Court issued
guidelines that marriage registration should be mandatory and
the responsibility should be transferred from the state
government to the local self-government.

For prospective couples, the move means marriage
registration sans running from pillar-to-post between the MCGM
and office of Deputy Inspector General of Registration (DIGR).

"Couples can register their marriage with the local ward
office and get the certificate within 90 days of the wedding.
The couple will have to provide their wedding card and birth
certificate among other proof at the civic office," Executive
Health Officer, MCGM, G Ambe, said.

The apex court had in 2007 ordered that marriage
registration should be mandatory and the responsibility should
be transferred from the state government to the local
self-government.

A state government order in August 2009 directed MCGM to
start marriage registrations at ward offices but the civic
body did not take up the task.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 22:25

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