Now, birth certificate to carry ‘Dalit’ stamp

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Nov 2015 12:40:51

NEW DELHI, Nov 22 (PTI)

A CHILD’S birth certificate may bear the stamp of his or her being a Dalit as per the draft guidelines framed by the Government.
Besides, schools in all States and Union Territories will be responsible for issuing caste and domicile certificates to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students, when they are studying in Class VIII.
The Centre has been receiving representations, from time to time, regarding difficulties faced by SC and ST candidates in obtaining caste or domicile certificates while applying for admission, and services under the Central Government.
Domicile certificate is issued by authority of State Government or Union Territory to prove that the person bearing the certificate is a resident of the particular State or Union Territory. Such a certificate is issued as proof of residence to avail domicile or resident quotas in educational institutions and in the State or Central Government services, as also in the case of jobs where preference to local residents is available.
“The possibility may also be explored to indicate the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe status in the birth certificate,” reads the draft guidelines for States and UTs, formed by the DoPT. With a view to ease the difficulties faced by SC or ST students in obtaining certificates, it is proposed that caste certificate and the residency certificate may be issued to SC and ST students, all over the country, when they are studying in Class VIII.