Ranchi: A high level meeting of senior state government officials on reforms in administration held discussions on the topic ‘An affidavit free regime’ on Thursday.
At the meeting held at the Project Building along with Union Secretary Sanjay Kothari of Department of Administrative Reforms, Jharkhand Chief Secretary R S Sharma , Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and the officials of the all the state departments were present.
Sharma focused on the legal sanctity of affidavits in comparison to the self-attestation. He directed all the Departments to prepare a list of services where affidavit is mandatory. He asked the departments to issue a circular for the services which does not require an affidavit to make the system more accessible to people.
Kothari appreciating the e-Governance initiatives of the state government presented a proposal for Reforming Public Service Delivery through Affidavit Free Regime. In this connection he, highlighted of the scheme of Governance Reforms in Punjab to bridge the gap between citizen and the government. At the meeting he gave details about the disadvantages of affidavits.
At the meeting the Chief Secretary directed all the departments to make arrangements for downloading forms from the official portals and to simplify the form filling process. The forms should include relevant information about the person and exclude unnecessary information, he added.
He suggested inclusion of a draft note of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the website to make it more interactive with people.
Chief Secretary said that administrative reforms concerns well-being of people dealing with the system. He also suggested creating a repository of all caste certificates.