Officials refusing to accept self-attested documents: Govt

New Delhi: Government today admitted in the Rajya Sabha that there have been complaints of officials refusing to accept self-attested documents from people despite its push to abolish sworn affidavits.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh

“Yes sir…two references of public grievances were received on non-acceptance of self-certification by different authorities. A number of applications under the RTI Act seeking clarification on the subject have also been received,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh informed the Upper House in a written reply.

He was asked whether government has received any representation/grievances/complaints from general public regarding non-acceptance of self-attested documents by officials.

The minister said Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has been requesting states, UTs and central ministries to adopt self-certification and for abolition of affidavits. “Several communications have been sent in this regard,” he said.

Government believes that a single, self-attested affidavit would go a long way in simplifying processes and revolutionising governance in the country.

At present, an individual has to spend about Rs 200-500 to get a notarised affidavit, whereas, getting a certificate or affidavit from a gazetted officer remains a herculean task for common man, especially those living in remote areas of the country.