FAISALABAD - An orientation seminar on ‘Birth Registration’ was jointly arranged by the Community Development Department Punjab and UNICEF at Jinnah Hall, District Council.  DCO M Amin was the chief guest on the occasion while Community Development Punjab Director Najeeb Aslam, DO Community Organisation Rana Javed Mehmud, EDOs Suhaib Imran, Asif Tarar, DO Social Welfare Sarfraz, District Gender Specialist Muhammad Ehsan, secretaries of union councils, lady health workers and a large number of staff attended the seminar.

Speaking on the occasion, the DCO said that birth registration is a legal and national right of every child. He urged parents to fulfill the national obligation for bringing every child in the mainstream of national development, adding that it would help formulate future planning in the country by collecting correct statistics and data about birth registration.

He maintained that the role of union council secretaries was very much important in birth registration so they should mold their departmental services according to the scientific requirements and to enhance the quality of services for the regional development and public welfare.  He announced that 10 % union council secretaries with the best performance would be awarded cash prizes and certificates by the city district administration after every six month.

He also announced to proved furniture for the offices of union councils. Appreciating the seminar, the DCO advised that the teachers of clerics’ schools should be mobilised for raising awareness during their sermons and student assemblies.

Najeeb Aslam said that government had declared 2013 as birth registration year and 100 % target of birth registration would be achieved by 2015. He said that birth registration system would become online with Nadra during the next two weeks. He stressed the stakeholders for the success of birth registration programme. Asif while presenting figures, said that birth registration ratio in the country was up to 27% while in Punjab this ratio was 77 and 92.4 in Faisalabad Division. He said that the Punjab government had exempted the fee of birth registration within 60 days. DO (CO) Rana Javed Mehmud narrated the objectives and importance of holding of seminar and Dr  Zafar informed the participants about the procedure of late registration and getting corrections in the record of birth registration.

Later, an awareness walk was also held. The walk started from Zial Council and culminated on the same place after passing through the Circular Road and Chok Katchery Bazaar.  The participants of the walk were carrying posters and banners inscribed of slogans of birth registration importance and requirements.