Soon residents of Kolkata will receive birth and death certificates from their respective borough offices.
The decision to decentralise the system was taken at a meeting between civic health officials and municipal commissioner Alapan Bandyopadhyay. Now, people from across the city have to trudge to the civic headquarters in central Kolkata for the certificates if the birth or death is not registered with the borough office within a year. The borough offices will start dealing with old cases of birth and death registration from June 2008. Once the decision comes into effect, the birth and death registration counters at the civic headquarters, which have been running for over 150 years, will be closed down.