Friday, March 6, 2009

34 births, 10 deaths per minute in India: Report

At least 34 births and 10 deaths are registered in the country every minute, a census body revealed on Thursday.

According to the Registrar General of India, a mind boggling 49,481 births and 14,475 deaths are registered in the country every day but the figure accounts for less than 70 per cent of the actual data.

It also revealed that even though registration of births is an universal right of the child under a UN Convention, to which India is a signatory, the current level of birth registration is 68 per cent.

The death registration in the country stood at 63 per cent of the actual occurrence.

While states like Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have made considerable improvement in the last four years, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar lagged behind, Registrar General of India D K Sikri told a national conference of Chief Registrars of Births and Deaths.

Presenting the statistics at the two-day meet, Sikri said the National Population Policy 2000 has mandated 100 per cent level of registration of deaths and births by 2010.

He said the total number of registration units in the country was 2.55 lakh in which 18.6 million births and 5.28 million deaths were registered during 2006.

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