Ethnicity of Parents to remain on new digital birth certificate

The Registrar General’s Department has issued a statement clarifying the changes proposed to the new digital birth certificate.

The Registrar General stated that, the “National Birth Certificate” introduced in 2019 has been designed to meet national and international standards with the most secure strategies and international standards while eliminating the shortcomings of the former birth certificate.

The birth certificate is prepared in both languages. Here, the section “Are Parents Married?” that is prejudicial to some children has been removed and the following new features have been included.

  1. Named as “National Birth Certificate” instead of the “Birth Certificate”
  2. Prepared in both languages
  3. The identity number given at birth is included.
  4. Prepared digitally using a more protected paper
  5. Includes a quick response code, a code number, and a watermark with a hologram sticker
  6. Issued under the Signature of Registrar General

The National Birth Certificate does not include details of a religion that did not even exist in the former Birth Certificate. In addition to “race”, the race of the parents is also included.

The Department further said the new digital birth certificate will be issued to the public after the completion of ongoing necessary measures with regard to it.

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