Certificates not mandatory; people can avail govt services by producing self-declaration

PROs will have separate cabin at the entrance of the police stations.

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to stop seeking certificates to avail government services and benefits. Instead, the people will be asked to submit self-declaration.

The government took the decision based on the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission headed by former chief minister V S Achuthanandan. These recommendations in the fifth report prepared by the commission was approved by the cabinet. Public administration department will implement the new reforms.

The departments will soon decide on the facilities that can be provided based on the declarations. A list of certificates issued by the departments will be prepared and the unavoidable ones among them also will be decided.

Permanent certificates will be issued through DigiLocker. This will be linked to PSC and other recruiting agencies. The candidates will have to give certificates only while joining or if included on the short list.

The government also approved the suggestion to create a human resource management wing in the police force. The home department has decided to prepare a human resource policy as well. The officers will be transferred to various offices like local stations, vigilance, crime branch and state special branch for a certain duration.

The PROs of the police station will get a special space at the entrance. Only senior officers will be allowed take up the job and he/she will not be given other duties. A special officer will be appointed in every stations to effectively run the e-services.

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