Staff Correspondent

Problems over issue of certificates

Gulbarga: Members of the Dalit Hindulida Alpasankyatara Hitarakshana Vedike staged a dharna in outside the tahsildar's office here on Wednesday to pressure the authorities to fulfil various demands, including closure of Nemmadi Kendras.

The agitators alleged that the Nemmadi Kendras of Gulbarga taluk had failed to serve the purpose for which they were established.

Parents and students were fed up with the delay in issuing caste, income and other certificates.

‘Huge delay'

They said the officers took a minimum of 40 days to issue a caste certificate or an income certificate. As the applicants were not kept informed about the exact date of issue of certificate, they had to visit these kendras once every two days. When this issue was brought to the notice of the higher authorities, they too failed to give satisfactory answers. Beneficiaries of various government schemes such as old age pension, widow pension and other schemes had been forced to wait for more than six months to get even their permission letters.

The agitators demanded that the authorities close all Nemmadi Kendras in the taluk and make alternative arrangements to issue certificates. Disciplinary action should also be initiated against officers who were not punctual and sincere.

The protesters submitted a memorandum in this regard to the tahsildar and said the agitation would be intensified if the authorities failed to take any action. The protest was led by vedike city president Shivkumar Muddi, general secretary Manjunath Dodmani and State general secretary Nagendra Bhutale.