Computerization in Municipalities
Under the auspices of the Information Kerala Mission formed by the government to implement e-governance in the local self-governing bodies of the state, the steps to electronicize the administration-development-welfare activities of the Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation are progressing rapidly. Information Kerala Mission has developed 14 application software suites in compliance with Kerala Municipality Rules and Regulations, related Decentralization Rules and Regulations, Project Planning Implementation Orders, Guidelines and Rules and Regulations applicable to officers. The process of deploying this application software in Thiruvananthapuram Municipality is progressing in various stages.
Along with designing software applications, prior to computerization, checking previous records, recording missing information, thoroughly checking these and preparing them for computerization, providing necessary training to employees, and preparing necessary manuals for training were carried out.
In the first phase, steps have been taken to digitalise some activities using laptops and desktops that are good for both the municipality and the public.
1. Jana Seva Kendra
143 in Thiruvananthapuram Municipality. m. A large public service center has been established. The Information Kerala Mission provides necessary technical assistance for their systematic implementation. ‘Sevana’ for birth-death-marriage registration, ‘Samkhya’ for accounting system, rules and regulations.
‘Sanchita’, the knowledge cell, and ‘Sthapana’, for establishment matters, have been aligned. Website of local self-government bodies, ‘Samvedita’, ‘Sachitra’ with cadastral map and ward map.
The process of deploying ‘Sulekha’ software for project monitoring is also in progress. ‘Sulekha’ monitoring system works through internet.
Birth and Death Registration
Until the Central Birth and Death Registration Act, 1969, there was no uniform law in India. Accordingly, a Uniform Birth and Death Registration Act came into force in the State from 1.4.70. Rules under this Act came into force in the State from 1.7.70. The rules have been comprehensively revised with effect from 1.1.2000.
Local registration units are Gram Panchayats, Municipalities and Corporations. Births and deaths must be registered at the local registration unit within 21 days from the date of occurrence. This is mandatory by law. After the specified date, births and deaths can be registered by paying a fine of two rupees from the date of occurrence up to 30 days, up to one year with the permission of the district registrar, by paying a fine of five rupees, and thereafter with the permission of the concerned first class executive magistrate, by paying a fine of ten rupees. Birth and death registration is a basic document and cannot be amended at will in future. Therefore, it should be ensured that the information is given correctly and clearly for birth and death registration. The Panchayat Director is the State Chief Registrar of Birth and Death Registration.
Births and deaths must be reported to the respective local government bodies. In case of births and deaths in the hospital, the hospital authorities will forward the information to the local institutions. The relatives should then get the certificate directly from the institutions. Households should directly report births and deaths at home. Both should be reported within 21 days. A few hospitals in the city with a kiosk system have introduced a system to register the incident and issue a certificate directly in contact with the municipality. Marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act must be reported within 15 days.
City hospitals that conduct birth and death registration through hospital kiosks
1) Sri Avitam Thirunal Hospital
2) Government Women and Children’s Hospital
3) Medical College Hospital
4) Govt. Hospital Perurkada
5) Sri Uthratam Thirunal Hospital
6) GG Hospital, Kumarapuram
7) Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences
8) Sri Uthratam Thirunal Mother and Baby Hospital
9) Vatsala Nursing Home
10) SP Fort Hospital
11) General Hospital
12) Dr. Govindan’s Hospital
13) Regional Cancer Centre
14) Government Fort Hospital
15) Gaurisha Hospital
16) PRS Hospital
17) Medical Mission Hospital
18) Jubilee Memorial Hospital
19) Arumana Hospital
20) Bernarda Nursing Home
21) Cosmopolitan Hospital
22) Anadiil Hospital
23) Govt Ayurveda College Hospital for Women & Children
24) Sri Chithirathirunal Institute for Medical Science & Technology
25) Sanatorium for Chest Diseases
26) SK Hospital
27) Al-Arif Hospital
28) St. Jude Medical Center
29) Chelsea Medical Care Pvt
30) ESI Hospital
31) KJK Hospital
32) Lord’s Hospital
33) SPAN HOSPITAL
34) B.N.V. Hospital Pvt
35) St. Ann’s Nursing Home
36) Samad IVF Hospital
37) Aisha Memorial Hospital
38) The Hospital Trust of India
39) Geetha Hospital
40) Govt Homeo Medical College Hospital
41) Govt Ayurveda College Hospital
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