In what may come as a major relief to citizens, the government has decided to do away with the necessity of filing affidavits from a gazetted officer or a notary for a big chunk of government-related work and instead to promote self-attestation of documents. This will come into effect from December 1, 2014.
Addressing the press after a Cabinet meeting, WB CM said that unless there was any legal requirement, in most government work, self-attestation or declaration would be sufficient.
“Getting an affidavit is a very cumbersome process. People have to pay a lot of money for getting affidavits from a notary. For people belonging to villages and remote areas it is even more difficult,” the Chief Minister said.
“Some ministries have adopted the provision of self-certification of documents like marksheet, birth certificate, etc by the applicants or stakeholders instead of asking for an attested copy of the documents by a gazetted officer or filing of affidavits,” she added.
The Chief Minister said that respective ministries have been asked to come up with a text for the declaration to be signed by people. The government will give advertisements in all newspapers to make people aware, she said.
Government websites will soon carry all the necessary information.