"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 informed.

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.

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