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Online misuse of registrations of births, deaths: Home Ministry issues advisory

 

New Delhi:  Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has issued an advisory for taking precautionary measures in registration of births and deaths.

The advisory which has been forwarded to all registrars of states and UTs of India asks for taking precautionary measures in registration of birth and deaths in order to avoid misuse of online portal credentials i.e User ID and password. In the advisory, the state governments and administrators have been asked to issue necessary instructions to all the registration authorities not to share passwords with any person, periodically change the password and update the credentials in the existing portal/software developed for online registration of birth and death.

It further reads that “it has come to the notice of that some unauthorized parsons, by misusing Login ID/Passwords have issued fake birth/death certificates in few cases through online portal/website. Also, few instances have been reported that existing portal/software developed for online registration of birth and death has come under phishing attack”, it reads. Fake portals/websites have been designed with the aim to steal and misuse user/login IDs and passwords for the issuance of fake birth and death certificates. Consequently, some criminal cases have been registered by the concerned registration authorities.

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The advisory further reads that in view of these facts, any such matter, if reported or otherwise may be taken up with the concerned authority to conduct a proper inquiry and take appropriate action required under the law.

Furthermore, all registrars have been asked to direct the registration authorities to exercise due diligence while accessing the existing portal/software and ensure that they enter the complete and correct Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of the website and portal.  It has also stressed for sensitizing the general public at large about the URl of the official website of births & deaths registration through necessary publicity measures.

The advisory has been shared with ADGP Jammu Zone and IGP Kashmir by PHQ for necessary action at the desired levels.

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