The Centre will soon issue formal orders for doing away with the requirement of furnishing affidavits and replacing them with self-attested declarations, the government announced on Tuesday.
"For the first time in independent India, the practice of documents being attested by gazetted officers will be done away with. We have broadly focused on making governance good and simple in the last three months," Singh said.
To a suggestion that the Manmohan Singh government had also issued a circular, he conceded that the plan to replace affidavits may have been mooted by the UPA government
"This thought (to promote self-attestation) was in the process. But it was not been implemented in the full way. No notification has been issued on it. It will be done soon," personnel minister Jitendra Singh announced on Tuesday.
Self-attestation would be pushed to the maximum extent possible but sensitivities of various departments would be taken into account while drafting the order, he said, calling self-certification a great boon for the unemployed youth.
"In certain security- related matters, gazetted certification might have to be retained, after a dispassionate look," he said.