Govt begins massive digitization of births and death records

The government has begun digitization of documents stored manually in the registrar of births and deaths countrywide.

The exercise has seen a number of unemployed computer literate youths get short term jobs.

The exercise, which will take 30 days has already started in Rachuonyo region with 97 data entry and verification clerks undergoing training.

Rachuonyo East, South and North Sub counties registrar of births and deaths Tom Monda said the training of the clerks’ which begun Tuesday, will last for two days before the digitization process starts.

Monda said already the birth and death records have been scanned before the process begins.

The registrar said the government is concerned over the current process that is slow and wants to change to digital platform to increase efficiency, reduce paperwork and make it more satisfactory to the clients.

After the exercise, Kenyans will be able to access birth or death records from any of the offices offering the service anywhere in the country, since one computer server will cater for all the offices countrywide.

The registrar said there are 450,000 births and deaths records stored in the office from 1998 to 2019, which be digitized during the 30 days that will officially start from August 29, 2019.

“Each clerk has a target of 150 records to handle per day and will earn Sh6 for every record entered in the digital platform,” the registrar said.

The registration officer who spoke to KNA Tuesday said after the exercise is complete update, search and retrieval of records will be easier since one will only be required to just key in the entry number.

“This means going forward, one can log into the e-citizen platform and be able to access their records,” he said, adding even payment now will be done digitally.

Monda said after second round of verification of the digitilized data, the records will then be uploaded into the Integrated Population and Registration System (IPRS)

“From here government agencies will now be able to access these records,” he said.


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