Responsibility of parents is crucial for ensuring timely birth registrations of newborn babies to ensure better future of children and prevent child marriage for attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The opinion came at a discussion held today at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner in observance of the National Birth and Death Registration Day-2021 in the city.
The district administration with assistance of the Office of Registrar General of Birth and Death Registrations of the Local Government Division organised the event abiding by the health directives in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Government officials, Chairmen, Members and Secretaries and Entrepreneurs of Union Digital Centres of eight union parishads from eight upazilas across the district were present.
Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md Zakir Hossain attended the discussion as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Md Asib Ahsan in the chair.
President of district Awami League Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, Civil Surgeon of Rangpur Dr Herambo Kumar Roy, Deputy Director (Local Government) Syed Farhad Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Md Golam Rabbani and Additional Superintendent of Police Madhusudan Roy addressed.
Syed Farhad Hossain said ensuring birth registrations of all babies are compulsory for the authorities concerned as per the National Children Policy, 2011.
“The parents should mandatorily register the birth of babies free of cost within 45 days of birth as per the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 2004 and its implementation policies of 2018," he added.
Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed said the role of Union Parishad Chairmen, Members and Secretaries and parents is the most important to ensure timely registration of births of newborn babies.
“No premature girl will fall prey to child marriage anymore in the future if birth registration of newborn babies was done timely,” Mamtaz added.
The chief guest put importance on inspiring every citizen in registering births of newborn babies so that they could enjoy all facilities being provided by the state and government as well as deaths of citizens.
“It is very crucial to ensure timely birth registrations of newborn babies not only to eliminate child marriage, but also to attain the SDGs by 2030 on way to build a developed Bangladesh by 2041,” he added.