Introduction

 

The present annual report is the 4th in the series and presents the vital statistics of the State of Sikkim for the year 1995-1999 (year-wise tables). The Registration of Births & Deaths Act 1969 was extended to Sikkim in 1976 and full implementation was effected since 1979 after framing the State rules on Registration of Births & Deaths.

 

Registration of Births & Deaths Office , Gangtok

 

Administrative set up of the registration machinery at various levels

 

1.  Chief Registrar

Principal Director, Health Services.

2.  Addl Chief Registrar

Addl Director, Health

3.  Assistant Chief Registrar

Assistant Director, Statistical cadre.

4.  District Registrars

Chief Medical Officers of Districts/J.D. (Dental)

5.  Registrars

M.O.I/C of P.H.Cs.

6.  Supervisors (B&D)

Supervisors of I.C.D.S.

7.  Notifiers

Anganwadi Workers of ICDS.

 

A busy day at Asst. Chief Registrar’s Office

Annual Reports on the working of the Registration of Births & Deaths Act 1969.

1.  Brief description since the Act was implemented in Sikkim, in 1979

    1979 to 1996 – Implementing Agency

                               Bureau of Eco. & Statistic, Planning & Dev. Department.

    1997               - Health & Family Welfare Department.

 

2.  Brief Description of the Scheme

i)                                                                 i) Location:- Sikkim became the 22nd State of India in 1975. It is located in the North Eastern part of the Country covering an area of 7096 sq.km. with a total population of 4,06,457 as per 1991 Census. By 1999 the population estimated was 5,51,373 as per projected population by Census Operation.

ii)                                                               ii)Boundaries:- Sikkim is surrounded by three international boundaries viz. Bhutan in the East, Nepal in the West and Tibet (China) in the North with Neighboring State of West Bengal in the South between 2807’48” North Latitude and 8800 ‘58”-8855’25” East Longitude.

 

Physical Features:- Sikkim is a mountainous State and is blessed with sacred mountain “Kanchanjunga” which can be seen from almost any part of Sikkim. The two important rivers are Teesta and Rangit, fed by many important tributaries like “Lachen, lachungcho” and flow down to the Bay of Bengal.

3. Publicity:-

A wide publicity were made to bring awareness among the public by distributing pamphlets through the Registrars and Notifiers. Efforts were also made through radio talks from AIR, Gangtok. Similarly, the posters/ wall hangers received from the Registrar General Office, were distributed among the general public as a part of the awareness campaign. These awareness campaigns have had a great impact in the rural masses to bring about improvement in the registration.

 

4. Flow of monthly returns and its compilation:-

Till 1996 there was not much progress in Registration of Births & Deaths as the implementing agency was Bureau of Eco. & Statistics, under planning & Development Department. Since 1997 the scheme has been transferred to Health & Family Welfare Department and direct supervision lies with Chief Registrar, who is also the Principal Director of Health Services. All the District Registrars and Registrars PHCs are directly under his supervision due to which scheme has improved, as there was co-operation and Co-ordination from all the wings. Death reporting is still lagging behind due to ignorance on the part of general public to report the occurrence of events at appropriate time.

 

To enable the scheme to be more successful, provision was also made to pay honorarium to Registrars and notifiers (AWW), and this incentive has there-by put the scheme in a much better shape. We are striving to achieve 100% success and every step is being taken to achieve this goal.

 

5. Changes in administrative Area: -

            Till 1996 there were only 29 Registration Centres and by the end of 1996 two more centres were established viz. Dikchu and Machong by way of up-grading the PHCs to PHC and one more centre was opened in the year 1999 when the Central Referral Hospital, Tadong in the capital town was established. At present there are total of 32 centres in the State covering whole of State.

 

6. Progress in the Medical Certification of cause of Death:-

As already stated above, the Death report is yet to improve due to which the MCCD scheme is lagging behind. However we have started sending returns to R.G. Office, since 1999.

 

7. Maintenance of records:

 

The Births & Deaths Registers and maintained properly in all the Registration Centres of the State.

 

Public submitting Births & Deaths report at STNM Hospital

 

8. Training Programme:-

During the period under review various orientation training programme were organized and fresh training to field functionaries are organized time to time bring awareness and as a result by 1999, 80% coverage has been achieved.

 

9. Printing of Forms:

Forms were printed sufficiently for convenience of the general public and users.

 

10. General Response:

There is gradual improvement in current registration over the year.

 

11. Notifier System:

All the supervisors of ICDS are designated as the Supervisors of AWW have been appointed as notifier under the scheme.

 

12. Delayed Registration:-

Delayed Registration is done as per provision of the act. However issue of Birth Certificate prior to implementation of the scheme has been stopped.

13.Correction and cancellation:

No correction on names & date of birth is entertained. However few cases of corrections required by the School authority to facilitate admission of children in the school is undertaken within the preview of the act.

 

14. Committee on vital statistics:-

The IDC meeting was held on 27/11/99 to review the performance of Registration of Births & Deaths.

 

15. Prosecution and compounding offences:-

No prosecution and compounding of offences has been made during the year under review.

 

16. Inspection of Registration Centre:-

All the registration centres are being inspected by the central body from time to time.

 

Year-wise issuance of certificate as under:-

 

 

BIRTHS

DEATHS

Year

Within time limit

Within 30 days

After 30 days but within 1 year

After one year

Within time limit

Within 30 days

After 30 days but within 1 year

 

After one year

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

1995

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1996

3684

3733

1662

22220

452

292

121

69

1997

5632

466

1634

18312

595

465

90

30

1998

7507

417

1098

7318

1067

850

146

48

1999

8052

8377

786

6949

1084

1103

71

77