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Centre asks States to replace affidavits with self-attestation

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has been emphasising on replacing gazetted or notarised affidavits with self-attestations

 

Terming gazetted-officer signed affidavits as a colonial era practice; Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday asked all states to replace them with self-attestation in majority of government works.
 
“The decision to implement self-attestation is most historic and landmark decisions since independence. A circular has gone to all states. Some of the states have approved it. Some of the states are complacent. But we are pushing the practice of adopting self-attestation in place of affidavits,” Singh said at a seminar here.
 
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has been emphasising on replacing gazetted or notarised affidavits with self-attestations.
 
In this regard, all central government ministries have already been asked to review the existing requirements of affidavits and attested copy by gazetted officers in various forms in a phased-manner and wherever possible, make provision for self-certification of documents and abolition of affidavits.
 
Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said the government was committed to end corruption and bring in anti-graft legislations.
 
“We have to plan and target a situation or at least endeavour to proceed in a direction where we have a society which is incorruptible by virtue,” he said.
 
He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Fighting Bribery in Business Transactions’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
 
Addressing the gathering, Secretary, Personnel, Sanjay Kothari talked about the twin weapons of transparency and accountability to end corruption.
 
“Corruption is bane for governance. It is anti-ethical, anti-Constitution, anti-conscience and anti-common good,” Kothari said.
 
In his opening remark, Patrick Moulette, head of anti-corruption division in OECD, said bribery is bad for business and there is huge negative effect of it in the society.
 

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Teesta Setalvad, husband get protection from arrest till 19th February

The Supreme Court said it would independently examine on the basis of FIR whether it is a case for granting anticipatory bail or not which has been denied to Setalvad and her husband

 

The Supreme Court on Friday granted protection from arrest to social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand for another six days. The couple is facing arrest in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society that was devastated in the 2002 riots.
 
The apex court said it would independently examine on the basis of FIR whether it is a case for granting anticipatory bail or not which has been denied to Setalvad and her husband.
 
“We are not going to quash the FIR,” a bench comprising justices S J Mukhopadhaya and NV Ramana said.
 
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the couple, said: “We are also only for anticipatory bail” and all documents would be placed to satisfy that “it is not the case of custodial interrogation”.
 
After hearing for half an hour during which Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the plea, the Bench deferred the matter for 19th February, asking the parties to place before it the Gujarat High Court judgment and other additional documents.
 
In the meantime, the order passed Thursday granting them interim protection, shall continue till then, the Bench said.
 
“We will look into the allegations in the FIR mainly. Let it be very clear, we will be looking at the case not by names but like the case of any ordinary individual,” it observed.
 
The apex court was hearing the appeal filed by the Teesta Setalvad and her husband against Thursday’s judgment of the High Court by which their plea for anticipatory bail was rejected for not co-operating with the investigation.
 
The High Court had also observed that the couple was not cooperating in the probe and that “they cannot be armoured with full-fledged anticipatory bail when applicant did not cooperate with the investigation.”
 
Setalvad and her husband have been booked by the Crime Branch of Gujarat Police on charges of cheating, breach of trust and under the IT Act, in a matter relating to the construction of “Museum of Resistance” in the Gulbarg society in Ahmedabad which was hit by communal riot in 2002.
 
On 28 February 2002, in the aftermath of the Godhra train burning incident, armed rioters had swooped on the Gulbarg society and killed 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.
 

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VijayTrimbakGokhale

2 years ago

Let the law take it's own course. In case the allegation of non co operation in investigation is upheld by apex court, then it will mean that those threw stones at others, threw them unmindful of the fact that they themselves were living in glass house.

Aadhaar: Supreme Court makes RBI a party in the case

In a PIL, Col (retd) Mathew Thomas argued that the RBI was asking for Aadhaar number to open bank accounts and KYC documents contrary to interim decision by the Supreme Court for not making the UID mandatory

 

The Supreme Court on Friday made the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) a party in a plea challenging the validity of the Aadhaar scheme through which the government intends to issue a unique identity number to all residents in the country, says a report.  
 
According to report from the Mint, a bench headed by chief justice HL Dattu said the case will be heard by a bench constituted by him as the issue of Aadhaar was important.
 
Col (retd) Mathew Thomas, a former defence services officer and missile scientist turned civic activist had filed the plea before the apex court. Col (retd) Thomas, as per the news report had claimed that RBI was asking for the Aadhaar number to open bank accounts and know-your-customer documents. 
 
The PIL had relied on an earlier interim order of the apex court, which had said that the Aadhaar number could not be a mandatory requirement in availing of services, the report says.
 
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had asked the Narendra Modi government to spell out its stand on Aadhaar and whether it wants to continue with the ambitious programme initiated by its predecessor for giving unique identification (UID) number to every resident across the country. 
 
During the hearing, Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for Col (retd) Thomas, had said that similar schemes for UID have already been scrapped by many countries and the Centre should be directed to destroy all data collected by it under the scheme. 
 
"Even illegal migrants in country are getting Aadhaar card, enabling them to avail government services which are meant only for citizens of India and not for mere residents. The avowed objectives of UID scheme are itself farcical and the entire exercise is nothing but colossal waste of public money and exposes India's vulnerabilities," he was quoted in a news report.
 

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MG Warrier

2 years ago

May be, as is being done in the case of about 100 Central Schemes under implementation, there is a case for reviewing or revisiting many schemes like AADHAAR, NPS and Jan Dhan Yojana which were introduced without adequate homework. Huge amount of public resources is being deployed in such schemes without corresponding benefit and sometimes adding to the agony of the target group. Moneylife has earlier covered NPS and AADHAAR focusing their in-built inadequacies in several articles/comments(some of them by me also).

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