Relief for overseas Indians as Odisha simplifies certificate authentication procedure

Odisha Govt simplifies procedure for authentication of certificates by the Home Department.

Published: 10th September 2016 07:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2016 07:15 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: In a decision which will give relief  to thousands of students pursuing  their career in foreign  countries and other Indian citizens living abroad, the State Government has simplified procedure for authentication of  certificates by the Home Department. Instead of pursuing the cumbersome  process of getting confirmation of a person's date of birth, marriage date or any other incident from the local authorities  for authentication of certificates, the Home Department will now accept self-certification by the person concerned to  issue authentication of these  certificates.

The proposal to simplify the procedure given by Principal  Secretary in Home Department Asit Kumar Tripathy was  accepted by the Government. Getting the certificates authenticated as required  by foreign Governments took six to eight months. After the introduction of  the new procedure, the Home Department can issue authentication of  certificates in four to five days.

In case of authentication  of birth certificateof a student  studying in a foreign university, a letter used to be issued by  the Home Department to the chief district medical officer (CDMO) to confirm the place and date of birth of the  applicant. It took more than two to three months for the reply to reach the Home Department. In some cases, the reply never came, putting  applicants in much difficulty.

According to the decision of the State Government, the applicant will have to submit an undertaking regarding  genuineness of his/her certificates. The undertaking will also contain the fact that if the certificate is found  to be false/tampered or any adverse is reported against the applicant, he/she will be held liable  for criminal action as per law. Besides issuing authentication  for documents as required by foreign countries through self certification,  the Home Department has decided to issue authentication  of legal heir certificate, death certificate, health/medical certificate, driving licence, affidavit  on marital status, affidavit on power of attorney, issue of no objection certificate for obtaining passport by Government  servant and issue of No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) certificate through selfcertification.  

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