A meeting of the Inter Departmental Coordination Committee on Registration of Births & Deaths of Lunglei District was held under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Mrs K. Lalrinzuali at her office yesterday.

Stressing on the importance of collecting and maintaining accurate data within the District, the Deputy Commissioner urged the line departments to work in proper co-ordination to achieve the objectives of the Committee. She also reminded them to be ever vigilant while issuing Birth Certificates, as it is the first step towards establishing the legal identity of a newborn. Informing the members that registration of births and deaths is mandatory for Indian citizens under the Registration of Births and Death Act (RBD Act), 1969, she encouraged them to familiarize themselves with RBD Act, 1969 and the Rules thereof.

The Committee then deliberated on various issues, foremost of which was their immediate concern regarding lack of awareness about registration of births and deaths. The Committee agreed on various initiatives and interventions such as Radio Talk and preparing an informative video clip to be disseminated through Cable TV and social media.

Mr TC. Zonunsanga, DRO, Lunglei reported that Lunglei District has 167 RBD Units. There were 2089 births and 865 deaths recorded in the District in 2018. Tax/ fee collection for 2018 stood at Rs 87,950/- while Rs 43,500/- has been collected so far in the current financial year.