Within the next one year a thousand hassles that come in the form of paperwork will most likely be over for Indian citizens. We may be able to avail various government schemes and services in just one page.
Anyone who is looking to get government documents such as birth certificates or death certificates, will just have to fill a compressed single-page form to be able to obtain the same.
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The new initiative by the Government was announced by Minister of State – Personnel (MoS) Jitendra Singh on the occasion of ‘Good Governance Day’, on December 25, 2015.
Singh said the government was taking the step as part of its effort to make the service delivery mechanism citizen-centric and less cumbersome. He pointed out that beneficiaries have to fill lengthy, complicated forms often giving the same information over and over again.
“There is a need to have a critical look at the current procedures and forms in use in various departments and ministries in the government. There is a need to specify one page forms seeking essential information for upholding the dignity of our citizens.”
He also said that there is a need to increase the speed of the disposal mechanism by eliminating layers of decision making.
Sanjay Kothari, Secretary (personnel), added that as of now the forms that could be made simpler are those for issuance of birth and death certificates, forms for Central pensioners and those availing of disability pension and other services.
Giving a little more detail on the steps taken by the concerned departments, he added:
“National Centre for Good Governance, which comes under DoPT, will be holding workshops under its initiative ‘Saral Avedan, Sugam Prakriya, Swachh Prashasan’ with at least two government departments every month to discuss simpler, preferably single-page forms.”
After the content of the single-page has been decided upon by the concerned department, it, along with the procedure to apply, would be reviewed by NCGG in consultation with various ministries and departments.
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The process has already stared in some departments. On December 18, the Employees State Insurance Corporation reviewed six certificates and claim forms and converted them into three single-page forms.
The Directorate General, Labour Welfare of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, has simplified 20 forms into one-page forms.