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Due to lack of awareness among the people and negligence of the authorities concerned, many teagarden children remain out of birth registration.
Many teagarden workers do not know about birth registration, how it can be done and what is its necessity. They just know, when a new born baby comes to their families, the name of the child is enlisted in a book of garden authority.
“When a baby is born, the name of the baby is enlisted in the company’s hospital book. We do not know whether it is birth registration or not,” said Asha Rani Gwala, a female worker of Debolchara teagarden in Kamalganj upazila.
“I have two children. After birth, their names were enlisted in a book of the garden’s hospital. I do not know anything more about birth registration,” said Sakuntala Bhouri, a worker of Rajanagar teagarden in Kulaura upazila.
Both of them do not have any idea about birth certificate which is delivered from local government establishments like union parishad, municipality or city corporation.
The progress of birth registration in teagardens of different districts is very poor, said AKM Saiful Islam, project director of the government’s Birth and Death Registration Project.
For example, the number of total registered children at Kalighat union parishad in Srimongol upazila of Moulavibazar was 200 till July 31 last year. After eight months the number remains unchanged, he said.
This is not a scenario of a single union parishad, rather same situation is prevailing in most of the union parishads of that area.
Each teagarden authority has a register book that contains the names and other information of all the workers and their family members of that garden.
Whenever a baby is born, the name of the baby is enlisted in the register. But the garden authorities do no send these names to the union parishad for birth registration, said Saiful.
The government enacted the Birth and Death Registration Act, 2004 making birth registration mandatory for all.
The present legal framework has made birth certificate mandatory for getting 16 basic services.
These include–passport, marriage registration, admission in school, appointment in job market, driving licence, enrolment in voter list, land registration, opening bank account, getting export and import licence, getting utility connection, getting tax identification number, getting contractor licence, getting approval of building plan, registration for vehicles, getting trade licence and getting National ID cards.