following passage carefully and answer the questions given below. Certain
words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them.
job interview, apply for a passport or open a bank account, getting the
documents attested by a gazetted officer or any authorised signing authority
has always been a big hassle. However, these cumbersome preconditions
like attestations and affidavits are undergoing a landmark reform. In a
constant endeavour of the Government to simplify procedures of attestation and
certification, all Central Ministries/Departments as well as State
Government/UTs have been requested to review the existing requirement in this
regard and make provision for self certification, wherever possible.
method to affirm that the copies of documents presented as proofs of one’s
identity and whereabouts are true and original. In a country which still
functions on paperwork, a lot of documents have to be submitted along with
every form we fill. The last dates for the forms approach so soon and half of
the times we are worrying about where to find a gazetted officer who will
attest the copies of our original documents. We end up calling friends,
relatives to find one person who would attest our documents so that the form
gets submitted in time. Recently Government of India has asked all its
departments and state governments to make provisions for self-certification and
accept documents which are self-attested as a confirmation of identity in place
of attestation by a gazetted officer. This practice has already been adopted by
some of the Central Government agencies and is being introduced in various
states gradually. University Grants Commission has also issued special
instructions through D.O.No.F. 14-1412014(CPP-ll) dated 26th September, 2014
regarding abolition of affidavits and adoption of self certification. This move
comes as a big relief not only to the students but also to all the individuals
associated with the academics. Self-attestation would save time and money as
people will not have to chase officers for attestation of documents. It has
been seen that some of these officers charge for these services making it a
part-time business. In most of the cases one hardly knows the gazetted officer
and getting documents attested by a stranger seems pointless. If the
government’s idea behind attestation is an assurance of the person’s identity
and character then a document attested by a stranger is useless. The
government’s initiative of switching over to self-attestation is a welcome
move as it also gives us the opportunity to take responsibility and
ownership of our own actions.
risky as not all self-attested documents will be true but this puts the blame
directly on the person who is attesting false documents. He/she will be solely
responsible for any false documents attested by them. The advantages of
self-attestation are that the public agencies can impose penal liability
for making wrong statements in terms of suspension of the services (suspension
of ration card facilities, disconnection of power supply, etc.). This will save
a lot of botheration and sizeable expenses for the citizen who has to procure
stamps/stamp paper which is mostly not available at the place where the
affidavit is to be submitted. There appears to be no legal problem in adopting
this practice. The Indian Penal Code contains a number of Sections such as 177,
193, 197, 198, 199 and 200. These Sections specifically deal with the
implications of any false information/evidence/disclosure/ declaration made by
the deponents and, any such instances included shall be liable to imposition of
penalties, fines, registration of criminal cases and even imprisonment, as the
case may be.
& Information Technology (DeitY) has recently launched an Aadhaar-based
e-locker service for storing documents. Users will be able to store electronic
versions of important documents like birth certificates, voters ID cards,
academic documents, etc in the e-locker. They can also electronically sign these
documents with the e-sign facility, which is currently still being tested, and
then share them with government organisations or other entities when required.
The sharing of e-documents will be done through a registered repository, which
will ensure that the documents are authentic. This is likely to reduce usage of
fake documents to a certain extent and also minimize time spent on
authenticating documents. To Sign-up for the DigiLocker you need to have an
Aadhaar number and a mobile number registered with Aadhaar. Following are the
key features of the DigiLocker: i. Digital Locker of each resident is linked to
their Aadhaar number. ii. 10MB of free space in the locker to securely store
resident documents and store links (URI) of Govt. department or agency issued
e-documents. The storage space allocation will be increased to 1GB in
subsequent release. iii. eSign online service to digitally sign the documents
online without using dongle. For details please refer to the e-Sign brochure
available on the portal iv. Sharing of e-documents online with any registered requester
agency or department . Download eAadhaar viz. List of issuers who have issued
e-documents to residents and list of requesters which have accessed resident’s
towards hassle-free procedures
launched by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology?
to the passage?
self-attestation is a welcome move
from the passage?
more time for people to get used to
responsible for the documents verification
will sign the documents and send the documents back to the user
process will be welcomed by all as everybody will get benefited
over to self-attestation is a welcome move”?
process will be accepted by all.
5) All of the above
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