Srinagar: In a major relief to students and job seekers, the state government has announced to do away with the age-old practice of having documents attested by gazetted officers.
The government will now accept the self attested documents from the applicants for employment in government departments, local bodies, panchayati raj institutions, boards, corporations and public sector undertakings.
Self-attested papers will also be acknowledged for the admission in educational institutions of the state, service benefits under various state or central government schemes.
Accordingly, the government has asked the education department to issue directions to all educational institutions of the state for accepting self-attested copies of documents, testimonials from the applicants or guardians of the students at the time of submission of applications for admission.
“Original documents shall be called from the finally admitted students only to carry out verification of the documents submitted by the candidates with the application,” reads an order issued by Gazanfar Hussain, Commissioner Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD).
The J&K Public Service Commission, Service Selection Board and all other selection or recruiting agencies have been directed to accept self-attested copies of documents from the candidates applying for selection and recruitment. The recruiting agencies have been asked to check the original certificates or documents only at the time of finalizing the selection list.
The government has also warned individuals against filing wrong information, false or fabricated certificates or documents, underlining a wrongdoer shall be liable to penal action under Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).
As per Section 177, anyone furnishing false information to any public servant shall be punished with simple imprisonment up to six months and fine extending to Rs 1000 or both.
Under Section 196 (using evidence known to be false), a person is liable for same punishment for providing false information.
Under section 465 (forgery), a person proving false document or false electronic record shall be punished with imprisonment for two years, or with fine, or with both.