Facility will be available to those who have registered their marriage online with BMC administration, 28th January 2016 onwards.
Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is accelerating towards paperless operations. As a part of this initiative, Mumbaikars can now obtain and save marriage registration certificates online in the official document’s app ‘DigiLocker’, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. Citizens who have registered their marriage with BMC administration January 28, 2016 onwards, can avail this facility.
The facility was launched on Tuesday by Additional Municipal Commissioner (Eastern Suburbs) Ashwini Bhide. Director (Information Technology) Sharad Ughade, Manager (Information Technology) Meenal Shetye and Dennis Fernandes were present on this occasion.
Marriage registration certificate is considered as an important personal document for married people. It is required for passports, visas and many other government documents. Although, BMC has started marriage registrations from 2010, the online service for the same was made available from January 2016. Now taking this forward, BMC has decided to provide marriage registration certificates in DigiLocker mobile app.
Therefore, henceforth there will be no need to carry the hard copy of the marriage registration certificate. This facility is being made available to those who have registered their marriage with the municipal administration after the date on which marriage registration certificates service has become online i.e., after January 28, 2016. It is to be noted that this certificate is available after online registration only, irrespective of the year of marriage. As on today, the number of marriages registered online with BMC is 3,80,494.
Additional Municipal Commissioner (Eastern Suburbs) Ashwini Bhide said that DigiLocker is an online and paperless service to obtain government documents, provided by the Government of India. The purpose of this service is to provide citizens with an electronic space for their personal official documents through a mobile app. Official documents made available in DigiLocker have the same official and legal status as original physical documents issued by various authorities.
Naturally, documents provided by the government can be accessed anywhere, anytime and securely in DigiLocker, in a paperless format. There is no need to physically carry such documents. Hence the usefulness of DigiLocker is to a greater extent. Owing to this, BMC has also provided the facility of marriage registration certificates in DigiLocker as directed by Municipal Commissioner and Administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal. By digitalisation of availing marriage registration certificates, the municipal administration aims to reduce the burden on the citizens and make it easier for them to access this important document, Bhide further added.
Director (Information Technology) Sharad Ughade stated that this initiative of providing marriage registration certificates in DigiLocker has been implemented in collaboration with the Public Health Department of Municipal Corporation, which is headed by Executive Health Officer Dr. Mangala Gomare and her colleagues.
Henceforth, the municipal administration is also trying to make the services of other departments available in DigiLocker. The Information Technology Department of BMC is striving hard to make the municipal administration more citizen-oriented. We are constantly striving for paperless and transparent operations. On this occasion, I would like to appeal to citizens to avail this service and save the marriage registration certificate on DigiLocker for easy access whenever required. This initiative is important towards making the municipal administration more digital, transparent, efficient and secure, said Ughade.