ST Panel Summons UP Chief Secretary
Dalit body claims Naiks and Ojhas have used fake papers to get jobs reserved for STs
Ne w D e l h i : T he Nat ion a l Commission for Scheduled Tribes has initiated an inquiry into fake caste certificates issued in Uttar Pradesh and has summoned chief secretaryforapersonalappearance.
Takingaseriousnoteofcomplaints filedbeforeit,NCSTchairmanNand Kumar Sai summoned UP chief secretary Rajive Kumar this month to presentastatusreportonsuchcases. NCST has received speci fic complaints from a Noida-based group Dalit Aadivasi Jeevan Jyoti Foundation, which has alleged that people belonging to Brahmin Naik andBrahminOjhacasteshavetaken fake caste certificates of Gond tribe and got government jobs under reserved category. The incidents have been reported from Gorakhpur, Deoria, Maharajganj, Basti, Azamgarh,MauandBalliadistricts.
The move follows directives from NCST to the state government to investigate the matter. In May, the NCSTchairmanhadwrittentochief minister Yogi Adityanath to initiate a probe in the matter. However, the administration did not move on it.
Later, NCST sought a detailed report from the state asking for caste break-up in different districts, population of Gonds, and Brahmin Naik and Brahmin Ojha castes, any complaintsreceivedbythestategovernment on fake caste certificates and action taken. Despite repeated reminders,thestategovernmentdid not respond. Now, NCST has initiated an investigation and asked UP chief secretary to come for a sitting on August21.