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Govt to accept self-attested documents

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Govt to accept self-attested documents, In what may come as a major relief to citizens, 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 and instead to promote self-attestation of documents.

NEW DELHI: In what may come as a major relief to citizens, 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 and instead to promote self-attestation of documents.

It has also asked states to review the existing requirement of attaching such affidavits with various application forms and implement self-attestation of documents, said an official in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

"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.

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