In a groundbreaking decision to reduce corruption and forgery in the birth certificate department, the Chennai municipal corporation is planning to make Aadhaar number of parents mandatory for downloading the birth certificate of children. Following the footprint of the Central Government in making Aadhaar mandatory for all essential transactions, the corporation plans to introduce an Aadhaar tab on its site soon.
Speaking to the Deccan Chronicle, a source in the department said, "To check forging of birth certificates, the corporation has decided to make parent’s Aadhaar number mandatory while downloading birth certificates." He also said that this will ease the process of issuing birth certificate to newborn babies since miscreants can be warded off from rigging their certificates.
The source further added, "The EDP cell is working on the feasibility of adding Aadhaar tab. The tab will be included soon." Amid resistance, the health department of the Chennai corporation stands firm in its decision to do away with corruption in the department. It said that providing the Aadhaar number of both the parents would not be mandatory and that either one can provide their numbers to download the certificate.
The official said, "Some forgers download others certificates with matching name and parents name. With the forged certificates, they are getting government schemes. With minimal manpower and enormous paper works, it takes more time to check the veracity of the certificates. Sometimes we miss to find possible gaffe." However, parents who have downloaded the certificate before the implementation of the tab would be exempted. Presently only the gender of the child and the DOB are required for downloading the birth certificates.