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Subadh Kumar Nayak

Bhubaneswar: The Revenue and Disaster Management Department of Odisha government released a notification on Thursday relaxing the requirement of several certificates for applying to various institutions and recruiting agencies.

According to the notification, the recruiting agencies shall allow the applicants to file application for jobs based on self-declaration of their Caste (ST/SC) and resident status, etc. and after provisional selection, applicants shall be called upon to produce certificates like Caste, Resident, etc. for scrutiny and final selection. GA & PG department shall issue instructions to different recruiting agencies in this regard, the notification read.

The notification further said that forfeiture of candidature and actions as per law for furnishing wrong/false declaration shall be clearly mentioned in the application forms for admission of jobs.

Besides, the Caste (ST& SC) certificates shall be issued to students along with School Leaving Certificates (10th standard examination). ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare development department shall issue guidelines in this regard in consultation with the Revenue & DM Department.

Moreover, the government has phased out the issuance of Solvency Certificate. “No Department shall ask for Solvency Certificate for grant of licence for issuing licences to storage agents, grant or renewal of excise licence, quarry lease, etc. Instead, they will ask for IT returns, Bank Guarantee, etc., for issuing such licences,” the government notified.

Similarly, departments shall not ask for production of Legal Heir certificates issued by the Revenue Officer for payment of various service dues. GA & PG Department shall develop a mechanism for updation of e-Service Book of employees on annual basis. The Service Book shall reflect the complete list of legal heirs based on the declaration of the government employees. On death of the government employee various dues such as pension/family pension, gratuity, leave salary, etc., can be paid to the legal heir based on the entry in the e-Service Book.

Earlier on December 28, 2019, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the e-Certificate portal and PAUTI App through which the certificates can be obtained.

Prior to that, Patnaik had launched the ePAUTI Portal (https://odishalandrevenue.nic.in) under the 5T initiative on August 15, 2019.

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