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Aadhaar not mandatory to register births, deaths: Office of Registrar General

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Aadhaar is not mandatory to register births and deaths in the country, the Office of the Registrar General reiterated in an RTI, LiveLaw reported. The RTI response directed the applicant to an April 2019 Ministry of Home Affairs circular that said that Aadhaar is only of the many “acceptable” documents that can be asked for to register births and deaths. The Home Ministry circular said that registration of births and deaths in the country is governed by the Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969 which has “no provision” to “permit[s] the use of Aadhaar for establishing the identity of an individual for the purpose of registration of birth and death”. It had also said that the government is not considering such use of Aadhaar. The circular had also made it clear that apart from being voluntary, the Aadhaar…

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