‘Birth registration prevents exploitation of children’

June 10th, 2009 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) It is important to achieve 100 percent registration of births in the country to prevent the exploitation of children, a senior official said Wednesday.
“We need to reach the goal of 100 percent birth registration. There is a need to seriously tackle the areas of exclusion and disparity, which often leaves the poorest and most vulnerable children even more disadvantaged,” Deputy Registrar General of India Bhaskar Mishra said.

Addressing a national NGO consultation on “Reaching Children in Difficult Circumstances for Birth Registrtaion” here, Mishra said: “The lack of a birth certificate puts children at even greater risk of discrimination, violence, abuse and exploitation.”

The objective of the consultation, organised by NGO Plan India, was to share the findings and challenges for registration and certification in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karntataka, and in Mumbai and Delhi.

The NGO launched its Urban Birth Registration Campaign in 2006, aiming to achieve 100 percent birth registration by 2010.

“More than 30 NGOs from different states participated in the event here. We met to develop an action plan in coordination with the respective state registration departments on promoting awareness and registering the births of the most marginalised children in the country,” said Plan India executive director Bhagyashri Dengle.

Dengle said since the campaign was launched, the number of birth registrations have increased and they have been able to reach more than 3,000 communities.

In India, an estimated 26 million births and about 8.3 million deaths take place every year. Only 68 percent of these are reported while 32 percent (9.5 million) go unregistered.

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