• Linking Aadhaar Card to Caste Certificate

    The governments of all states across the country have been requested to link their Aadhaar cards to their caste certificates. State officials believe that this is a revolutionary initiative that can be of great convenience to the general public. Even domicile certificates that are granted to school children will have to be linked to their Aadhaar cards. Each state is requested to ensure that both, caste certificates as well as domicile certificates, are granted within a period of 60 days to students who are in Class V or Class VII.

    Students who belong to Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Caste have been raising concerns regarding the delay in issuance of scholarship, and the authorities are focussing on addressing these issues. Moreover, individuals have also raised complaints regarding harassment by government officials when they make an effort to avail their domicile certificates and caste certificates.

    The Personnel Ministry released a document titled Frequently Asked Questions on the grant of domicile and caste certificates in schools. The document states that the state government could also make an effort to retrieve the details of students entered into the meta data to be created online, and this information could then be linked to the Aadhaar enabled information, if possible. The issuance of these certificates in addition to Aadhaar numbers is an issue that is being addressed with sincere efforts, reveals the document.

    UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) grants Aadhaar cards which contain a 12-digit number that serves as an address proof as well as a proof of identity and can be furnished as a valid ID document anywhere in India. The main aim of granting domicile or caste certificates is to simplify the process of accessing bone-fide individuals who belong to Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes to the reserved services and posts under the central or state governments and attain admission in educational centres and to avail other facilities.

    The Union territories and state governments are responsible for issuing caste and residency certificates, and the document released by the UIDAI has also revealed that the concerned state government or revenue authorities will be in charge of verifying or scrutinising the documents before undertaking the issue of the relevant certificates. It also stated that the time period for the authorities to grant such certificates after an individual has applied for it will be between 30 and 60 days. Also read about How to Apply for Aadhar Card?

    In order to restrict the problems faced by students who belong to Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes, a proposition has been made, as part of a yearly exercise, to grant tribe or caste certificates in addition to domicile certificates to the relevant students while they are in Class V or VII. The only exception to the proposition will be students who do not belong to Scheduled Tribes or Scheduled Castes as the only certificate they are eligible to receive is a residence certificate. The final decision regarding when the student will receive such certificates is solely at the discretion of the state government. Once the state government decide when it will grant the certificate to the student – Class V or VII, there will be no problems in the student receiving the certificate. The principal or head of the school will be responsible for collecting the certificates from the students.

    After the certificate has been readied, the students eligible for the same will receive it in cellophane cover via the school authorities. These certificates will then be in the custody of the students as it can enable them to avail the concessions, facilities and other advantages that are available to students who belong to their particular categories.



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