Lucknow: The directive of the Union Home Ministry to curb the illegal practice of forging educational and birth certificates to get a Central government job, has turned out to be an easy method for authorities of Education Board and Universities to mint money.

It has come to light that several Universities and Education Board authorities are charging extra fee for attesting the documents of students.

To end the forging of marksheets and degrees by applicants to secure government jobs, the Home Ministry had directed educational institutions to attest the desired certificates required for the job. Under the cover of the Home Ministry instructions, the Universities have started charging extra fee to attest the documents.

Taking a serious note of this issue, the Home Ministry in a letter to the state Chief Secretary has asked him to ensure that the documents were attested free of cost by the institutes.

In the past, several examples of applicants producing forged birth and educational certificates to get a government job had emerged on the surface. It requires a thorough investigation by the concerned department to expose such instances.

Ironically, most of the applicants often approach the court to challenge their disqualification from the government job.

To end the entire controversy, the Home Ministry has advised attestation of documents by the universities itself.