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Kerala Decides To Waive Off Application Fee For Government Services

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI Photo)

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala cabinet on Thursday decided to waive off the application fee for government services and to simplify the application forms. The application fee for business and commercial purposes will be continued. The procedures for issuing various certificates and services to the citizens will be simplified.

In addition to the steps taken to make government services online, the procedures for sanctioning applications will make easier. Certificates once issued can also be used for other government offices. The validity of certificates can be defined by the concerned departments.

But it should be at least for a year. No longer it will not be recorded in the certificate that it is issued for a specific purpose only. Attestation of copies of documents by the gazetted officer, the notary is not required to avail government services. Self-attested copied of documents, certificates only required.

The existing system of E.W.S. Certificate attestation, issuing SC /ST certificates as per law will be continued. Rules or regulations will be amended if required for simplifying procedures. Those born in Kerala will be considered natives if they have a birth certificate or proof that they studied for five years in an educational institution in Kerala or by producing an affidavit. For those born outside Kerala, the nativity certificate will be issued by the village officer.

However, a decision must be made within five working days of the application being received online. From now onwards Adhaar card, latest electricity bill, drinking water bill, telephone bill or building tax receipt can be produced

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