A&N Administration assign officers for marriage registration under Hindu Marriage Act

Port Blair, May 09: Under the guidance of Mr. Jitendra Narain, Chief Secretary, the A&N Administration is continuously in pursuit to make the services being offered by the A&N Administration citizen-friendly.

Until now the officers were designated as Registrars under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, as such no marriages were being registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

In this connection, the A&N Administration vide its notification dated 05th May 2022 in pursuance of the provisions of clause (d) of Rule 2 of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Hindu Marriage Registration Rules, 1958, and supersession of the Administration’s Notification No.AN/HMRR/2(d)/1/58 dt. 31st July 1958, has appointed the following officers as Registrars for the purpose of rules to exercise jurisdiction in the areas specified against each of them with immediate effect.

Additional District Magistrate, Port Blair for the area South Andaman District; Assistant Commissioner, Diglipur for Diglipur Tehsil; Assistant Commissioner, Mayabunder for Mayabunder Tehsil; Assistant Commissioner, Rangat for Rangat Tehsil; Assistant Commissioner, Nicobar for Car Nicobar; Assistant Commissioner, Nancowry for Nancowry; Assistant Commissioner, Campbell Bay for Campbell Bay.

With the publication of the above notification, the long pending demand of a large section of the general public in these islands to get their marriages registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, at their respective places is fulfilled. The above arrangement was put into place to facilitate proof of Hindu marriages. The benefits of registration of marriages under this Act are also applicable to all Hindus, Buddhists, Jainas, and Sikhs.

As of now all marriages were solemnized/registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, wherein the intending parties have to wait for 30 days as a notice period calling for claims and objections. In sharp contrast to this provision now under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, married people residing within the jurisdiction of the Registrar for the local area for a period of not less than thirty days immediately preceding the date of application for marriage registration are eligible to apply for registration and the same shall be done without any delay.

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