Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), southern division, Aravind Padhi on Friday directed all the 10 Collectors of south Odisha to take up proper investigation regarding cases related to use of fake Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificates by miscreants.

Through a letter written to these Collectors, the RDC pointed out that several dubious persons were availing benefits and sops meant for SC and ST using these fake caste certificates.

As per the directive of the State government a special vigilance cell had to be constituted in every district under a senior Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) for investigation of these cases.

The RDC stated that as per the findings, the DSPs deputed for the purpose as well as other officials were not showing seriousness regarding cases related to allegation of use of fake SC and ST caste certificates.

According to him the State government had started taking the issue seriously and all districts had to file reports regarding development regarding cases related to fake certificates to the RDC.

He also directed the district Collectors to file secret report regarding attitude of government officials towards the SC and ST community as well as the economically downtrodden people.