Sunday, July 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Protest over occupational caste in certificates

Protest over occupational caste in certificates
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 15, 2011

A large number of people from the 'Balmiki' committee are up in arms
against the Delhi government for mentioning their 'sub-caste'
(occupational caste) in the caste certificates issued to them by the
revenue department. The Supreme Court has long back banned the mention
of the
occupational caste of SC/ST people. The Balmiki committee members said
the use of their occupational caste in the certificate is quite

"Tempers are frayed among youngsters in our community. They don't want
these certificates," said Balkishan Mahar, at a protest at Rajghat on

Community members say, these certificates are used for education, jobs
and other such purposes. "Till last year, the revenue department
mentioned 'Balmiki' in these certificates. This year the department is
mentioning the occupational caste," said Delhi BJP spokesperson Sambit

HT is in possession of copies of such certificates issued by the
deputy commissioner's office of north district. Senior revenue
department officials refused to comment on the issue and said they
would get it examined. htc


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