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BMC makes Birth, Death Certificates Digital

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TNI Bureau: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) switched over to digital format from the conventional and manual process to provide birth and death certificates to state capital people. In an era of technology where maximum government jobs are being done online, the BMC’s move was lauded by the city people, who have less time to spend in queue to avail these two vital documents from the civic body.

Now Bhubaneswar became the second city after Cuttack where birth and death certificates will be available faster. The digitized signature system was launched in Cuttack last week. After successful trial, the digitized signature system was made functional in the state capital from today. The service will enable the authorities to issue birth and death certificates in a time-bound period.

Under the new process, the applicants need not to wait for the city health officer. The digitized signature of the authority can be put immediately on the certificates after all the official procedures.

The new system also includes the e-municipality application where applicants will get SMS and e-mail alerts during registration of birth and death certificates online in the future. Now, people can apply online for the certificates on www.ulbodisha.gov.in.

The system will undoubtedly bring relief to the applicants, who were waiting for the documents for a long period of time, and the civic body, which issues about 90 birth and death certificates in a day. The move came after some complaints reported from the applicants. In fact, the civic body had uploaded a link on its website last year asking people to apply for the certificates online. However, the service had some technical glitches. There was no meaning of making the service online as the applicants were visiting the city health office to submit documents.

However, the BMC now assured that people can submit their documents and make payment for the certificates online soon.

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