Jobs were reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes

NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry has discovered that over the years 42 people obtained jobs in the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) by submitting false caste certificates.

The jobs were reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

The Ministry informed a Parliamentary Standing Committee that out of the 42 cases, 25 were in the Chennai and Coimbatore regions and investigations were pending at various levels.

The Ministry revealed that a number of officials also got promotions on the basis of false certificates and were now working in various ranks such as superintendent, inspector, administration officer and tax assistant.

Stay orders

In a number of cases, these officials had obtained stay orders from courts, though district and State authorities had found that their certificates were fake.

In a report submitted to Parliament last week, the Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes asked the government to “initiate prompt action against an employee if the information sought in his case is not received from the State authorities within the stipulated period.”

In such instances, the Union government was unable to proceed with disciplinary action against these persons as the State governments do not cooperate either in the verification of caste certificates or in the investigations.

In certain cases, verification of caste certificates and cancellation of fake certifications could not be done during a period of 18 years.

The Finance Ministry has directed all cadre controlling authorities under the CBEC to take extra care at the time of recruitment itself.

On the committee’s recommendation that a fair chance be given to the SC and ST candidates while appointing Members and Chairman of CBEC, the Ministry pointed out these posts were filled by a procedure of “selection” and not by promotion.

There is reservation for SC/ST employees only in the lowest rank of Group A posts.