Modi proposes dropping document attestation

PM Narendra Modi has proposed that the gazetted attestation of documents presently needed for so many official applications and requests be dropped entirely. Self attestation of applications, photos, marks certificates, copies will suffice, as the original documents will have to be presented at the final stage of granting any certificate, he suggested at a meeting of Secretaries on Wednesday.

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Attestation of certificate copies, affidavits not only costs money but also wastes a lot of time for students and other public, it also results in unnecessary delaying of the job and in some occasions, harassment by government officials. The Second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 2009 report has already recommended to do away with attestation. But the recommendation was not taken up. Only Gujarat and Goa governments have implemented the suggestion. Filling of several fields in applications, most of them unnecessary and downright silly was another area the PM has suggested improvements.

The PM has also suggested the use of Internet, emails and intranet to avoid delays in official communication and decisions and also to reduce the need for paper based work in offices. The PM has asked the officials to identify ten such rules that can be repealed to improve functioning of the government.

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