New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new mantra is: No more affidavits and no more attestation of certificates by a gazetted officer. Treat the citizen to be honest and accept the self-certification. In case of false self-certification, relevant provisions under the Indian Penal Code would apply.

The new mantra has gone out to all union ministries and departments and the state governments through a communication from the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. It says: “Obtaining either an attested copy or affidavit not only costs money to the poor citizen, but also involves wastage of time of the citizens as well as of the Government officials.”

Asking all to review the requirement of affidavits and attestation by Gazetted Officers and replace them with self-certification, the communication says it may be made mandatory to produce original documents at the final stage to tally with the self-certified copies.

A PMO press note says it is a citizen-friendly initiative of the PM to make minimum use of affidavits and shift to self-certification, so as to benefit the common man. “PM steps in to reform the public service delivery system, bridge governance deficit….It is expected to benefit the people immensely, as all affidavits not required by law shall eventually be done away with,” the press note declared.

It said this measure is the beginning in the direction of reforming the public service delivery system and bridging the governance deficit stressed by the PM in his meeting with the Union Secretaries on June 4.

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