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Campaign to issue birth certificates

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Thiruvananthapuram , Nov. 12

THE State Government will run a special campaign to issue birth certificates to all children below 10 years during the `child rights week' from November 14 to 20, according to Ms Sheela Thomas, Director of Census Operations, Kerala.

Addressing a press conference, she said though most births in Kerala are registered, the actual birth certificates are not collected in many cases. The special campaign, which will also be organised in other States, is intended to remedy this situation.

Structured as a three-stage exercise, the campaign will run till March 8 next year. In the first phase that commences on November 14, the authorities propose to issue birth certificates to children below the age of 10, whose births have been registered locally i.e. in the same area where they live.

In the second phase, which will last from November 20 to January 18 next year, the authorities will make efforts to trace children whose births have been registered, but no longer reside in the same area and issue birth certificates to them.

In the final phase, the programme will target children whose births have so far not been registered and ensure that this anomaly is rectified.

According to Ms Thomas, the effort involves a cross-section of Government and non-government organisations.

In Kerala, Malappuram in the North has issued the highest number of birth certificates, while Idukki has issued the lowest number over the last nine years, she added.

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