Attested copies of various documents are sought from persons for various purposes including the following:-
1. Seeking employment in Government Departments, Local Bodies, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Boards, Corporations and Public Sector Undertakings, etc.;
2. seeking admission in educational institutions in the State; and
3. seeking services/benefits under various State/Central Government schemes.
It has been observed that this process consumes a lot of time and energy of the persons concerned. Accordingly, a need was felt for simplification of the procedure for verification of documents/testimoniaIs submitted by the persons to various Government Departments, Local Bodies, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Boards, Corporations and Public Sector Undertakings, etc. After due consideration, the Government has decided to replace the existing system of seeking attestation of the documents by Gazetted Officers, with self-attestation of these documents by the person himself.
5. Individuals furnishing wrong information or filing false or fabricated certificates or documents shall be liable to penal action as warranted under law. All public authorities while receiving the self-attested certificates/documents shall draw the attention of the individuals furnishing such certificates/documents towards the relevant provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir State Ranbir Penal Code, which for reference purposes, are reproduced in Annexure to this order.
By order of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.