Sikkim's civil society organization Sikkimey Nagarik Samaj cautioned the government on the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023 which allows the use of a birth certificate as a single document for admission to an educational institution, issuance of a driving license, preparation of voter list, Aadhaar number, registration of marriage or appointment to a government job will come into force from October 1.
General Secretary of Sikkimey Nagarik Samaj Passang Sherpa said "Since the matter falls under the concurrent list and the state has a lot to consider before implementing we would like to draw the government's attention to this new act and not accept it easily and it needs to be discussed thoroughly before implementing it. Sikkim is a different state, and we fear it may hamper rule 4(4) and Sikkim's old law under Sikkim's safeguarding Article 371 F. He also said if needed they will organise a party to have detailed deliberation and discussions."
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Sherpa also said "Since this act will be implemented from 1st October we also like to know how the government has planned to implement the act and if has government has done any homework we are curious and at the same time we want to apprise them on the same.
This act has the potential to harm Article 371 F in the future, and if tomorrow anyone can challenge or claim a job or other rights on this basis hence and Sikkim is different and COI is mandatory till now and it may not be in the future cautioned Sherpa.
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