Its Digital India but central govt offices refuse to accept online certificates
Thalassery: When the central government is promoting ‘Digital India’ some central government offices and firms are refusing to accept online or digital certificates for applications related to job and education. Hence, the candidates are forced to visit offices for obtaining manual certificates amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
In India, online certificates with digital signatures came into force in 2012. The government has granted permission to accept online certificates during interviews for job and education.
But still, AIIMS, JIPMER, Railways and Navodaya Schools are continuing to demand manual certificates with office seal and signature for admission.
With the pandemic, the government has directed to submit online certificates for job and education purposes. ISRO and JNU are also accepting online certificates.
In Thalassery taluk, an average number of 20 people are arriving every day to apply manual certificates. Most applicants are seeking non-creamy layer certificates. To get the certificate, the applicants have to file an inquiry report issued from the village office to the taluk office.
If the official in charge is not on duty, the applicants have to visit the office three or four times. Though, these certificates can be applied through Akshaya centres or online websites. People are visiting the offices by using public transport when the state is on the verge of COVID-19 community transmission.