No affidavits required for services at estate office

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 08:41 IST

In a major relief to city residents, the Chandigarh estate office has done away with the requirement of affidavit while applying for services such as allotment of sites, transfer of sites/buildings on the basis of sale deed, intestate death, will etc; grant of a no-objection certificate (NOC), permission to mortgage and sanction of building plans.

For all these services, residents now have to undergo the step of attestation by officers as all these offices ask for affidavits from the general public at the time of applying. UT deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin said the administration had discontinued the requirement of affidavit for various services to simplify delivery.

“The move will save residents from harassment and also lead to savings of time, effort and money,” the DC added.

UT assistant estate officer Balbir Singh said in place of affidavits, the applicants can now furnish a declaration on plain paper with the latest photograph. For giving wrong information, the applicant shall be liable for prosecution under Sections 177 and 191 of the Indian Penal Code, and would be liable for imprisonment and fine.

The second Administrative Reforms Commission set up by the government of India had recommended the adoption of self-certification for simplifying procedures for the benefit of residents. The government of Punjab and Haryana has already introduced the same scheme for simplification of procedures.

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