Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said the abolition of seeking affidavits by the Punjab government not only saved Rs 300 crore annually of the public but also restored trust and dignity of citizens by accepting self-certification of their documents.
In a statement issued here, Sukhbir said it was found that of the 22.68 lakh services delivered through the Suvidha Kendras, 14.8 lakh services pertain to attestation of affidavits.
"During admissions to educational institutes and applications in quest of government services, applicants rush to get their certificates attested from gazetted officers leading to harassment. Keeping in view the cumbersome procedure, the Punjab government decided to do away with seeking affidavits and attestations on priority basis,” he said.
Sukhbir said the government identified only 12 services where an affidavit was mandatory under state and central laws. He said total number of services relating to affidavits scaled down from 14.8 lakh to 3.2 lakh.
“Affidavits for 88 services have been waved. This decision has not only saved Rs 300 crore, but also restored trust and dignity of citizens,” he added.