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Gazetted officer’s attestation no longer required



Gazetted officer’s attestation no longer required

New Delhi: It is no longer requiring a gazetted officer or a magistrate to attest documents sought by government departments. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a meeting with secretaries on Wednesday, suggested government departments should adopt the system of self-attestation of certificates, photographs and marksheets, instead of asking for attested documents or filing of affidavits. He also told officials all government application forms should be made short and simple by doing away with unnecessary fields.

“The prime minister said self attestation should be enough because it is a hassle for the common man to get it attested from gazetted officers. Anyway, the original documents are required to be produced at the final stage,” a senior government official said.

Obtaining either an attested copy or affidavit not only costs money but also leads to wastage of time for government officials as well as citizens, including students, job applicants and beneficiaries of various government schemes.

Attestation by gazetted officers is required at many places such as applying for a ‘tatkal’ passport, admission in a central or state university or a government job.

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission, in its report in 2009, recommended the adoption of the self-certification provision to simplify procedures.

Taking a cue from this, the Ministry of Personnel issued a circular dated May 10, 2013, some departments and state governments such as Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh had adopted it. But it has not been fully enforced at all levels.