Birth registration — a burning issue... By Shafqat
06 December, 2012
Birth registration is the fundamental right of every child straight after his/her birth and the parents are responsible to ensure this right for their child from their respective union councils. A lot of child-focus organisations, along with the district and provincial government departments, are working diligently on the birth registration process by focusing on rural communities. It should be appreciated that the provincial government has waived late birth registration fees to attract and facilitate the parents of those children who are still unregistered, and are hence not enjoying any basic state services such as healthcare, education, etc. However, it is a social dilemma that our communities and parents are still not realising their responsibility when it comes to creating and promoting the value of birth registration within 10 days of birth.
I would like to appreciate the efforts of Sycop, a leading organisation that is playing a vital role in raising awareness in Muzaffargarh about this issue. Sycop is emphasising the capacity building of communities as well as the government to increase and highlight this registration process. Similarly, Sycop is engaged in advocacy among stakeholders to highlight this issue and bring about new strategies to deliver basic rights to those children who are still unregistered. I would like to request the print and electronic media to join hands with the government and launch a campaign for effective and desired results so that underprivileged, marginalised and vulnerable groups in society can benefit from the facilities associated with registering a birth.