In a bid to usher in ‘good days’ he had promised during elections, PM Modi is pushing for self-certification of documents and minimum use of affidavits to cut down the problems of the common man. In the landmark initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all the ministries and departments at the Centre and at state level to make provisions for using self-certified documents instead of affidavits. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

The PMO statement said that instead of asking for attestation by gazetted officers, government departments should allow for self-certification by Indian citizens. Under the new scheme, they can ask people to produce original documents at the final stage of verification. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

In June this year, PM Modi had expressed his intentions to reform the public service delivery system and bridge the governance deficit. This directive is being seen as a step in that direction. Eventually, use of all affidavits that are not legally necessary will be made to fade away. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances had earlier noted that ‘obtaining an affidavit or attested copies of documents waste time and money of citizens of India and also leads to wastage of time of government officials.’ Gazetted officers are reluctant to attest documents because of lack of original documents.

DARPG had suggested that self-certification of documents should be implemented and if a person is found to be giving wrong information or do false self-certification, he or she should be subject to legal and financial penalty under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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