Friday, October 9, 2015

e-publishing of Gazette Notifications

                Ministry of Urban Development has stopped physical printing of Government of India’s Gazette Notifications and introduced e-publishing of the same, putting an end to the long wait for the important documents. 
            Gazette Notification is an important legal requirement to validate, authenticate and to make effective various kinds of Laws, Acts, Rules, Orders and Government decisions. All user groups had to wait for a few months for copies of such notifications as physical printing of the same was a time taking exercise. The Ministries and Departments of government used to submit their Gazette publication requirements to the Government Printing Presses where the work of type setting, printing and publishing was undertaken. Hard copies were then made available for sale for usage by all government and private users.
            Seeking to end such delays, Ministry of Urban Development has directed the Department of Publication to stop physical printing and switch over to e-publishing of all Gazette Notifications on its official website within five days of receipt of the same from respective ministries and departments. The records for the gazette will be maintained by the department for all future references.
            User groups and citizens can download and print all Gazette Notifications free of charge. Under the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000, downloaded and printed Gazette copies are sufficient for all official and legal purposes.

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