In violation of Constitution, civic laws Administration retains RBD services

Port Blair
3 May 2017

Active provisions under the Constitution of India and section 44 (p) of Municipal Regulation 1994 notwithstanding, the A & N Administration has retained the services of Registration of Birth and Death (RBD) under its control since 1988. The Registration of Birth and Death in the city were earlier executed by the Municipal Council after the formation of Municipal Board under the A & N Islands (Municipal) Regulation 1957. On promulgation of the Registration of Birth and Death Act 1969, the Administration framed its set of rules and notified on 08-02-1982 after which the service of registration of birth and death in the city was entrusted to the Municipal Board. But in 1988 due to some administrative reasons, the work was transferred to the Directorate of Health Services, A & N Islands, according to reports.
The former Chairperson of the Municipal Council, Mr K Ganeshan, in a letter to the then Lt. Governor, claimed that as per the 74th amendment of the Constitution of India and section 44 (p) of Municipal Regulation 1994, the Port Blair Municipal Council is responsible for registration of birth and death in areas under its jurisdiction. “In almost every part of mainland India, local elected bodies like Municipal Corporations and Councils and even Village Panchayats are entrusted with the duty to register birth and deaths in their area. The Port Blair Municipal Council can be no exception and denial of the service is against the spirit of Legislation enacted by the Parliament. No action has been taken on similar representations submitted in 2012,” said Mr Ganeshan speaking to this Correspondent urging the Administration to transfer the work of registration of birth and death to Municipal Council as per the provisions of Indian Constitution and Municipal Regulations 1994. (EOIC)