Doc­u­ments for govt work can be self-at­tested

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The gov­ern­ment has de­cided to do away with the ne­ces­sity of fil­ing af­fi­davits from a gazetted of­fi­cer or a no­tary for a big chunk of gov­ern­ment-re­lated work. Self-at­tested doc­u­ments such as birth cer­tifi­cate and mark sheets will be suf­fi­cient. The orig­i­nal doc­u­ments will need to be pro­duced at the fi­nal stage.

The gov­ern­ment has also asked states to re­view the ex­ist­ing re­quire­ment of at­tach­ing such af­fi­davits with var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tion forms and in­stead im­ple­ment self-at­tes­ta­tion of doc­u­ments, said an of­fi­cial in the Depart­ment of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­forms and Public Griev­ances. For the com­mon man, get­ting an af­fi­davit is a trou­ble­some process, re­quir­ing them to find a gazetted of­fi­cer or spend money to get af­fi­davits from a no­tary. They end up pay­ing Rs 100 to Rs 500 for get­ting af­fi­davits from a no­tary. Most of the gazetted of­fi­cials also do not give their nod for af­fi­davits in the ab­sence of suf­fi­cient doc­u­ments.

The switch to self-at­tes­ta­tion in gov­ern­ment-re­lated work is based on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the sec­ond Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­forms Com­mis­sion in its 12th re­port ti­tled ‘Ci­ti­zen-cen­tric ad­min­is­tra­tion – The heart of gover­nance’. It had rec­om­mended sim­pli­fy­ing the pro­ce­dures in favour of self-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

An of­fice mem­o­ran­dum sent by the depart­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms and public griev­ances to the state chief sec­re­taries said the method of self-at­tes­ta­tion was ‘ci­ti­zen-friendly’ and ‘ob­tain­ing ei­ther an at­tested copy or an af­fi­davit not only costs money but also in­volves wastage of time of the cit­i­zens and the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials’.

How­ever, self-at­tes­ta­tion of doc­u­ments will not be per­mit­ted for those works where it is a statu­tory re­quire­ment.

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