ST Panel Sum­mons UP Chief Sec­re­tary

Dalit body claims Naiks and Ojhas have used fake pa­pers to get jobs re­served for STs

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.


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