Birth and Death Certificate is a Must!

The birth and death certificate are essential services managed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Punjab. In the country, it is a must under the law of Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 to register for every birth, still birth and death that takes place. It should be done with the concerned State Government within 21 days of the occurrence.

Birth Certificate – Registration for the birth of a child is a permanent and official record of their existence. Any child who is not registered holds danger of not having any official identity, nationality and a recognized name. It is a mandatory process for every parent to have a Birth Certificate as it will help them with many opportunities and rights in the country, like, voting, admissions in schools, government service, identity from the government, etc.

Death Certificate – You need to get a death certificate for legal reasons and to update the government records. This is for relieving the deceased from all social, legal, and official obligations. It is also useful for settlement of property inheritance; authorize family to procure the insurance benefits and other finances of the dead.

You can get the application forms for birth and death certificates from any local body authority where the registrar maintains records for both. You can also download these forms from

To acquire the certificate, you need the following documents:

  • For a new born baby’s birth certificate, you need to provide the proof of address of the parent, which is also the child’s address, along with the document from medical center, hospital or doctor stating the time of birth.
  • If you are applying for a birth certificate for yourself, then you have to submit an ID proof as well as address proof. Some people may misplace their original birth certificate; in such cases, they can apply for procuring a copy of the certificate.
  • If you are applying for a death certificate for someone, you need to submit a proof of birth of the deceased, an affidavit stating the date, time of the death, required fee in the form of court stamps, copy of the ration card or government ID proof. You also need to provide a proof of evidence showing your relationship with the deceased along with your address plus nationality

Ensure that every birth and death in the family is registered with the state government. It is a legally required to do so. To find more details on the registration, follow the links below:

To apply for Issuance of Birth Certificate (Rural Areas), Click Here

To apply for Issuance of Birth Certificate (Urban Areas), Click Here

To apply for Issuance of Death Certificate (Rural Areas), Click Here

To apply for Issuance of Death Certificate (Urban Areas), Click Here

To apply for Addition of Name of Child in Birth Certificate, Click Here

To apply for Late Entry of Name in Birth Certificate, Click Here

To apply for Late Entry of Name in Death Certificate, Click Here

To apply for Correction in Birth Certificate, Click Here

To apply for Correction in Death Certificate, Click Here



Senior Citizen and Dependent Children Scheme

The aim of the Senior Citizen Scheme is to give honor, respect and due recognition to the Senior Citizens in the society. The Government is already extending a number of facilities to its senior citizens. In order to avail the benefits under various schemes of the Government, senior citizens are required to have their identity [1]. In order to facilitate them, it is felt necessary to give them Identity Cards so that they can easily get the benefits of these schemes. The request related to sanctioning of Senior Citizen Identity card can be accepted at the Sewa Kendras or through our Punjab portal service. Under this Scheme, any person of the age of 60 years or above and who is a domicile of the Punjab State is eligible to apply for the issuance of Senior Citizen Identity Card which shall be provided free of cost.

Senior citizen identity card holder can get priority in court cases, health care, Finance and Taxations, Banking, Traveling etc. The Identity Card will be valid for five years at a time or till the death of the applicant whichever is earlier.

Another important scheme is Dependent Children Scheme and the purpose of this scheme is to provide financial assistance to the children below the age of 21 years through their parents/guardian, whose mother, father or both have passed away or become unfit due to physical/mental disability or loss of parental support. The Monthly income of the applicant should not be more than Rs. 1000/- in case of individual and Rs. 1500/- in couple case. This scheme helps children to follow and achieve their dreams even if they are dependent, due to any reason mentioned above.

Documents required at the time of form submission:

  • Senior Citizen Identity Card
    • If applicant is not permanent resident of Punjab, then only proof of age is sufficient
    • If applicant is permanent resident of Punjab, then proof of age along with residence certificate/domicile is required.
  • Dependent Children Scheme (Both Urban and Rural)
    • Proof of age
    • Recommendation as per Application Form or if any proof available be attached

Proof that husband is missing / divorce/ mentally or physically unable to earn / orphan children.

To apply online for Senior Citizen Identity Card, Click Here

To apply online for Dependent Children Scheme (Urban), Click Here

To apply online for Dependent Children Scheme (Rural), Click Here




Shagun Scheme – A Financial Assistance to Girl Child

Shagun scheme, managed by the Department of Welfare of Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes and powered by the Government of Punjab, is not just helping the girls from Scheduled castes, Christian community, backward classes and other economically weaker strata, it is a blessing to their families as well for them to be able to perform the weddings of their daughters with dignity.

The Shagun scheme, started by the Government of Punjab with effect from April 1, 1997, played a vital role in helping the underprivileged families at the time of marriage of their daughters. To ensure timely delivery of benefits, 100% amount under this welfare scheme is being credited to the accounts of beneficiaries using online banking management system.

An amount of Rs. 5100/- was given to the parents/ guardians of girls belonging to Scheduled Caste and to the widows/ divorcees of Punjab domicile under the Shagun scheme on the occasion of their marriage w.e.f. 1-4-1997 subject to the condition that annual income of parents/ guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs. 16,000/-. The scope of the scheme was extended to Christian girls at the time of their marriage w.e.f. 1-9-1997 on the same terms and conditions.

The scheme was renamed as Ashirwad from 26-1-2004 and under this scheme the amount of shagun was enhanced from Rs. 5100/- to Rs. 6100/- for Scheduled Caste/Christian girls and daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriages. From 1-4-2006, the rate of financial assistance was enhanced from Rs. 6100/- to Rs. 15000/-. The amount was given only to the parents/guardians of Scheduled Castes/Christians daughters and daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriage w.e.f. 1-4-2011 subject to the condition that annual income of the parents/guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs. 30,000/-. This benefit is extended to widows/divorcees at the time of their re-marriage [1].

As per the revised norms, the benefit is given to those families at the time of marriage of their daughters who fulfill the following conditions:

  • Financial assistance of Rs. 15,000/- is given to Scheduled Castes/Christian girls, Backward Classes/Castes, Economically weaker section girls, daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriage and Scheduled Castes widows/divorcees at the time of their re-marriage.
  • That the girl should be 18 years old or above.
  • That the annual income of the family from all sources does not exceed Rs. 32,790/- w.e.f. 13-2-2014.
  • Under this scheme the applicant will have to submit his application for getting financial assistance in prescribed proforma before the date of marriage or within 30 days of the marriage of the girl.
  • Parents/guardians of the girl should be domiciles of Punjab State.
  • The amount of shagun is limited upto two girls of concerned family under shagun scheme.

Previously, payment was made to the concerned beneficiaries through PLA cheques, through the concerned district welfare officers. The disbursement of financial assistance (Shagun) has been started through online banking management system directly in the accounts of beneficiaries from January, 2012, which has been proved very successful method and in favour of poor beneficiaries that cut down delay and harassment of beneficiaries.

Documents that need to be submitted while applying for the service are as under:

  • Proof of residence /domicile
  • Document with self declaration of annual income of the family
  • Proof of date of Birth
  • Verified form by the Sarpanch / Gazetted officer / Panch / Nambardar / Ward Councillor / President Nagar Conceal / Mayor / MLA
  • Proof of Below Poverty Line (if applicable)




National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) – Punjab Portal

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) which came into effect from 15th August, 1995 represents a significant step towards the fulfillment of the Directive Principles given in Article 41 of the Constitution. The programme introduced a National Policy for Social Assistance for the poor and aims at ensuring minimum national standard for social assistance in addition to the benefits that states are currently providing or might provide in future [1]. NSAP at present comprises of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS), Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS), National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) and Annapurna Scheme.


The National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) aims to provide immediate assistance to those Below Poverty Line (BPL) families whose lone bread earner expires due to natural or accidental cause [2]. This scheme was funded entirely by the Government of India under centrally sponsored scheme till 2002-2003. Thereafter, it was shifted to State Sector and is currently in vogue under the same pattern. The instant Scheme is being implemented by the Department of Social Security throughout the state.

Under the NFBS, one time financial assistance of Rs.10000/ is being paid to the BPL family of deceased and which is having no substantial source of income thereafter. The clause here is that the deceased bread earner should be in the age group of 18-64 years.

Documents required at the time of submission of application are as under:

  • Death certificate of bread earner
  • Self-declaration document from the applicant

To apply online for National Family Benefit Scheme, Click Here



Services for Life

Transforming the model of interaction between government and the public, government’s online services can act as a catalyst. The Punjab Portal fulfills basic requirement of the user to understand different types of services provided by the Government of Punjab. As a part of National e-Governance plan, variety of services offered by the Punjab Government is now being brought to you through State Service Delivery Gateway. Sewa Kendra is now authorized to receive service request from Citizen like you and submit them electronically to the departments for verification and processing. Even Citizen himself / herself can apply for the services through online or offline mode. Adoption of E-Governance would support to bring government machinery to the doorsteps of the citizens.

There are two ways available in the Portal to get the benefits of this service. User can apply either Online or Offline. Offline mode consists of submitting the filled form to the concern office along with the attached documents. Online mode gives easy methodology to apply. To avoid the hassle of visiting concerned office again and again, online method gives step by step status report of the application. There are different scenarios for the citizen in terms of locality like user from Urban areas or from Rural areas of Punjab. With the help of internet, even citizens from rural areas can apply online without any difficulty.

Refer to the below images for quick overview of Online & Offline mode procedure.

Online Mode Procedure:

online process

Offline Mode Procedure:

offline process

Motive of our portal is to provide easy online procedure to apply for the service. That is why we made our portal so user friendly that even less literate people can navigate through and avail the service.

Note: Before applying for the service we recommend citizens to go through the user manual thoroughly.

e-Governance in Punjab – Doorstep Towards Success

Today with the revolution of information and communication technologies, our lives are fundamentally changed by mobile phones, computers affecting the way we work, learn and interact. Governments all around the world have started feeling the power of e-Governance and are taking initiatives to implement it. e-Governance in India has steadily evolved from computerization of government departments to initiatives that encapsulate finer points of Governance.

Working in this direction, with the great initiative of the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sh. Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Government of Punjab proudly launched the Punjab Portal, an important step towards promoting e-Governance in Punjab. This can improve the efficiency of government to deliver its services, strengthen citizen-government relationship and most importantly lead to cost savings of citizens as well as the government.

The portal offers to create a comprehensive and distinct platform for all citizens of Punjab. It rigorously follows the vision of National e-Governance Plan that states “Making all the government services and information easily accessible to everyone”.

This portal provides an entrance to the world of Digital Punjab. It is user-friendly – that means we have taken care of every aspect of what information users want and in the format in which they would require it. We intend providing complete updates of the portal and important happenings in the Punjab Government through a fortnightly newsletter.

As on date, there are 62 services running online under eleven departments of the Government of Punjab. This portal has complete information on the latest happenings in the state and also provides the history along with importance of Punjab in the socio-economic sectors of the nation.

The portal is accessible from the following URL: