To eliminate the need for middlemen, Jan Sangram Parishat (JSP) leader Dr. Razak Ustad asked the government to display the procedure and guidelines for obtaining eligibility certificate for getting the benefits under Article 371(J) of the Constitution in all government offices throughout Hyderabad-Karnatak region.
He alleged that the middlemen were exploiting the people with the assurance of providing the eligibility certificate.
“Obtaining the eligibility certificate is a very simple process and the middlemen are making it complex. They are misleading the people by giving a lengthy list of several documents and asking them to produce all the documents for obtaining the eligibility certificate,” he said and demanded the government to display the procedure and the guidelines in all government officers in Hyderabad-Karnatak region.
Dr. Ustad clarified that only Assistant Commissioner had the authority to issue the eligibility certificate which can be used for availing reservation and other benefits under Article 371(J) of the Constitution.
He said that production of any one of five prescribed proofs was enough to obtain eligibility certificate from the Assistant Commissioner.
“Study Certificate jointly issued by the Head Master of school and Block Education Officer (BEO) clearly mentioning that the candidate had studied 10 years in Hyderabad-Karnataka region before January 1, 2013, Birth Certificate issued by the Commissioner of City Municipal Council or Village Accountant confirming the candidate was born in region, Domicile Certificate issued by tehasildar clearly confirming that the candidate had lived in the region for 10 years before 01.01.2013, Marriage Certificate issued by Sub-registrar confirming at least one of the spouses belonged to the region and a certificate issued by tehsildar that confirms the candidate’s parents were born in Hyderabad-Karnatak region. Production of any one certificate before the Assistant Commissioner would be enough for getting Eligibility Certificate,” he said.
Dr. Ustad stressed the need for a workshop to train all the officers who were authorised to issue the certificates. “We have demanded the government to conduct a workshop for officers to train them up through a detailed presentation. Since this type of activity is not covered under model code of conduct, the government has accepted the proposal and I hope that the workshop would be conducted soon,” he said.
JSP leaders and others were present.