IT was quite amazing to learn from a friend of mine that the cost of getting a birth certificate from the Quetta Municipal Corporation could be as high as Rs18,000, depending upon how late after the child’s birth you have applied for it.

The fee of birth certificate is Rs180 if reported in the first week, and it keeps on increasing by an amount of Rs100 a week ad nauseam.

This seems a good source of revenue generation by the municipal corporation but at the same time could be a financial burden on the people who are not well aware of reporting the birth of their children in time.

Perhaps it needs to be reviewed.

SALEEM RAZA Former Secretary, Government of Balochistan Quetta

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Ali
August 24, 2013 11:56 am

What do you mean perhaps, of course it has to be reviewed and publicized also so that all parents become aware of the rules and get the birth certificate of their wards in time.

Gerry D'Cunha
August 24, 2013 2:51 pm

nothing suprising in pakistan - false certificates and documents are the business of the day - this is the reason foreign countries do not recognise our certificates or documents

Syed Ahmed
August 24, 2013 8:58 pm

Bask in 1998, Birth Certificate was available for Rs.300 in Kemari, Karachi and death certificate was available for Rs.600 over and above the municipal levy. No wonder it must be in thousand today.

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