Abol­ish Con­cept of No­tary-public, Oath-com­mis­sion­ers

The Day After - - OPEN HOUSE - Sub­hash Chan­dra Agrawal, New Delhi

No­tary Public and Oath Com­mis­sion­ers usu­ally au­then­ti­cate doc­u­ments for an ‘ex­tra’ fee with­out ac­tu­ally iden­ti­fy­ing au­then­tic­ity of per­sons hav­ing signed the doc­u­ments, a sys­tem prone to frauds and use­lessly adding cost. It is time to al­to­gether abol­ish con­cept of no­tary public and oath com­mis­sion­ers. In­stead reg­is­tered med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers, lawyers, char­teredac­coun­tants and per­sons in other such cat­e­gories apart from gazette of­fi­cers eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to public should be em­pow­ered to at­test doc­u­ments where nec­es­sary. It will also be in tune with Cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s steps to re­view of all laws of Bri­tish era to end those colo­nial laws which have of no rel­e­vance now. Con­sid­er­ing black-mar­ket and back-dated sale of stamp­pa­pers, these must not be sold through pri­vate ven­dors, and rather may be made avail­able in all de­nom­i­na­tions at all post-of­fices and bank-branches (pri­vate and public-sec­tor) apart from other con­ve­nient cen­ters by hav­ing a sale-com­mis­sion.

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