Subject: Proposed guidelines on issue of domicile/caste certificates to SC/ ST school students – regarding
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Draft Advisory/Guidelines to be issued to States/Union Territories on issue of Domicile/Caste Certificate to SC/ST students
- Government of India has been receiving representations-from time to time, regarding difficulties faced by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, in obtaining caste/domicile certificates, while applying for admission, posts and services under the Central Government.
- The Domicile/Residence Certificate is issued by the concerned authority of the State Government/ Union Territory to prove that the person bearing the Certificate is a domicile/resident of the State/Union Territory by which the certificate is being issued.
- Such certificate is issued as proof of. residence to avail Domicile/Resident quotas in educational institutions and in the State/Central Government services, as also in the case of jobs where preference to local residents is available as per government instructions from time to time.
- With a view to ease the difficulties faced by the SC/ST students in obtaining certificates, it is proposed that Caste Certificate” and the “ Residency (Domicile)” certificate may be issued to SC,and ST students, all over the country, when they are studying in Class VIII.
- The School Head/Head Master of the School in which the student is studying would get the necessary documents/papers filled up- from the students studying in Class VIII.
- A window of two months in September/October or any other time frame decided by the concerned State Government/Union Territory may be allocated/decided for completing this exercise.
- The School Head/Principal will get the documents collected from .all the SC and ST students and arrange to submit them to the relevant State government authority/revenue authorities for making the requisite certificates.
- The concerned revenue/state government authorities would scrutinise those documents and within a period of 30-60 days, would issue the certificates.
- If the certificate of any student is rejected, reasons will be provided and provision for one time-appeal may be allowed by the state authorities.
- Once the certificate is made, it would be given to the students through the School authorities and would be kept with them for safe custody for availing the benefits/concessions and facilities available to the concerned category of students.
- It is understood that some states are already following this practice.
- The possibility may also be explored to indicate the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe status in the Birth certificate.
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