Cancel 'illegal' caste certicates: SC-ST Commission to UP DMs
Express news service Posted online: Wed Jul 28 2010, 03:45 hrs
Lucknow : The National Commission of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes has written to district magistrates in Uttar Pradesh, advising
them to cancel an estimated 50,000 SC certificates given to
undeserving persons during the Mulayam Singh regime.
In October 2005, the Mulayam government, while exercising a power that
is vested with the central government, had declared 17 castes as SCs.
Subsequently, in early 2007, the Allahabad High Court stayed the
order. In the meantime, thousands belonging to the 17 castes were
issued SC certificates.
After the change of government in May 2007, the Mayawati government
revoked the order but the certificates were not cancelled.
"These certificates are illegal and are open to misuse. Mere
publication of an advertisement and a press release in newspapers that
these certificates have been cancelled is not enough," said Dr
Chandrahaas, Director, National Commission for SC/ST, confirming that
they had asked the DMs to cancel these certificates.
Dr Chandrahaas, who is heading the state office of the commission in
Lucknow, said the elections to the three-tier panchayat bodies are
round the corner and would be followed by the elections to the urban
local bodies. "If these certificates are not cancelled, it will cause
many problems", he said.
According to the commission's information, an average of about 700
certificates were issued in each district by tehsildars. However,
little has been done to cancel them. "In Bareilly district, against
1,024 certificates issued only two were cancelled," said Dr
Since the commission can only make recommendations, the cancellation
of the certificates is the responsibility of the state govenrment.
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