As per section 8, 9 and 21 of Registration of Births & Deaths Act 1969 it is mandatory that every birth and death taking place anywhere in India must be registered with the Registrars appointed by the respective State Governments under the ambit of this law for the purpose.
Failure to comply the directives mentioned above is liable to be punished in accordance with the section 23 of the Registration of Births & Deaths 1969.
Where To Register
For all the births and deaths taking place within the Cantonment, the registration shall be done by the Cantonment Executive Officer, who is ex-officio registrar for the purpose of the Registration Act 1969.
Who is responsible for giving the information to the Registrar?
Though the information regarding births and deaths taking place anywhere in the Cantonment can be submitted to the Registrar by anybody but the responsibility to give the information rests with the following, in case of,
:: Residential or non-residential house - Head of the house or house-hold.
:: Hospitals / health centers / nursing homes etc. - Medical Officer-in-Charge.
:: Jail - Jailor-in-Charge.
:: Hostels / Dharamshalas etc. - Person in-charge.
:: Village - Village headman.
:: Elsewhere - In-charge of local police station.
Issuance of Certificates
The certificates in respect of births and deaths registered with the Cantonment Board are issued by the Cantonment Executive Officer on request on payment of fee as given below:
(a) For grant of birth/death certificate - Rs.30/-
(b) Non availability of birth/death certificate - Rs.210/-
Correction of Erroneous Entries
Any person desirous of correcting the entries mentioned in the birth and death register which, in his opinion, are erroneous. must produce two creditable persons, having knowledge of the facts of the case and a declaration signed by him, setting forth the nature of the error before the registrar who after considering the facts of the case shall pass necessary orders thereon.
Procedure of Late Registration
The information regarding any birth, death, still birth is to be given to the Cantt Executive Officer within 21 days from the date of occurrence. However late registration can also be done by following the procedure given below:
(a) Information given later than 21 days and before completion of 30 days of occurrence - by payment of a late fee of Rs.5/-.
(b) Information given after lapse of one year from the date of its occurrence - The registration shall be made only after order passed by the sub divisional magistrate and on payment of late fee of Rs.5/-.
(c) Information given later than 30 days but before completion of one year from the date of occurrence - with the written permission of additional district registrar and on payment of late fee of Rs.5/-. The additional district registrar in respect of Jammu Cantonment is Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jammu.