Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Soon, one-page form for birth, death certificates

Applications for majority of services such as birth or death certificates will soon be simplified and converted into one-page form format, the government announced on Friday.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh also unveiled a single-page application form for pensioners on a day being observed as ‘good governance day’.

“For different schemes you have voluminous forms. Today, we are releasing one-page application form for pensioners. We plan to convert all multi-page or voluminous forms to single-page within a year,” Mr. Singh told reporters in Delhi.

“There should be relevant and minimum information asked for in an application form for government services and not repetitive ones,” he said.

“Every month we will be holding meetings with at least two Central government departments and reviewing forms available for different services under them. Efforts will be to simplify the whole procedure and we hope to achieve the target of single-page form for all government services within a year’s time,” the Minister said.

“We will be integrating Aadhaar database for the services. But this will be possible only when all the people have Aadhaar numbers. It will further benefit people, as they will not be required to fill out basic details like their residential address, among other things,” Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, Personnel Ministry said.