Providing a big relief to the common man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, through a statement issued from his office, reportedly asked all government departments to allow self-attestation of documents and to reduce the use of affidavits.
While original documents are required to be produced at the final stage under the self-certification method, in case of false self-certification, the person can be booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to reports, all ministries and departments at the Centre and in states have been asked to make a provision for self-certification of documents.
"The PM has sought minimum use of affidavits and shift to self-certification, so as to benefit the common man," reports have quoted the PMO as saying in a statement. The move is not only being seen as a way to bridge the governance deficit in the country, but is a measure "in the direction of reforming the public service delivery system", as the PMO has said.
According to the PMO, all affidavits not required by law are being done away with.
Earlier, an official in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances had said, "Getting an affidavit is a very cumbersome process. People have to pay Rs 100-500 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 situation is worse in villages and in remote areas. If state governments promote self-attestation, it will be a boon for people," he said.
The move is based on the recommendation of 12th report, 'citizen centric administration-the heart of governance', of the second Administrative Reforms Commission which suggested simplifying procedures for self-certification provision.