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Nudge to self-attest papers

New Delhi, July 15 (PTI): The Centre has decided to do away with filing of affidavits from a gazetted officer or a notary for a big chunk of official work and instead promote self-attestation of documents.

States have been asked to review the affidavit requirement for various application forms and replace it with self-attestation, according to an official of the Centre’s department of administrative reforms and public grievances.

“Getting an affidavit is a very cumbersome process. People have to pay Rs 100 to Rs 500 for getting affidavits from a notary. Most of the gazetted officers also do not give their nod for affidavits in the absence of sufficient documents,” the official said.

(The Telegraph had reported in its October 24, 2013, edition that students applying for admission to central universities, IITs and IIMs need to submit only self-attested copies of certificates, following a directive from the HRD ministry).

“However, self-attestation... will not be permitted for works where it is a statutory requirement,” an official said.