Citizens should not suffer due to faulty government system / software for issuing death certificate: High Court of Tripura



The High Court of Tripura found on Friday that citizens of the state and the country should not suffer because of a faulty system and software developed by the Government of India for issuing death certificates.

The bench of Judge Arindam Lodh heard the plea of ​​a Abhijit Gon Chowdhury whose wife died in Bangalore and he had applied to the Agartala Municipal Corporation for the issuance of his wife’s death certificate by submitting all the necessary documents.

It was his specific plea in court that despite the fact that more than 3 months had passed since the death of his wife, he had not received the death certificate from the municipality.

The Municipal Corporation attributed the delay to software developed by the Indian government and introduced into Agartala Municipal Corporation claiming that the system did not allow the entry or registration of the name of the deceased person at a location outside of Agartala Municipal. Corporation. .

To this, the High Court initially ordered the Agartala Municipal Society to issue a death certificate within 48 hours. by any means.

… This can be by manual exercise as well or by any mode in which the CMA used to issue a death certificate earlier, that is to say before the installation of this software“, ordered the Court.

Further, the Court also noted that if it finds a similar petition filed by any of the citizens of that state, then, a cost of Rs. 5 lakh will be imposed.

Finally, the state government was instructed to seize the relevant authorities of the Indian Union to resolve the issue. so that the citizens of this country do not suffer any harassment.

With these observations and directions, the motion for a brief was granted and dismissed.

Case title – Sri Abhijit Gon Chowdhury v. Tripura State and 3 more

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