PUNE: Following the decision taken by the Maharashtra government to ease the process of getting caste validity certificates (CVC) for children and ‘blood relations’ of those belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Vimukta Jatis and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs), members of the Bhartiya Ganrajya Party and OBC Sangarsh Samiti have claimed that the move will hamper the reservation system in the State as the decision will benefit family members of those persons who have obtained the caste validity certificate through fraudulent means.
On October 3, the State Cabinet took a decision that children or ‘blood relations’ of persons belonging to these caste categories would not need to submit separate proofs to establish their own caste. The children will have to submit the caste validity certificates of their fathers to obtain certificates for themselves which will help them in getting the certificates quickly and avoiding delay in the process. Those having blood relations will have to submit only caste validity certificate of their relatives who are possessing it.
Earlier, even if a person had a CVC, it was mandatory for his children to submit all documentary proofs all over again, thus making the entire process of getting CVC lengthy. While addressing a press conference at Patrakar Bhavan on Thursday afternoon, Mrunal Dhole Patil of OBC Sangarsh Samiti said that the State Cabinet is not focused on solving basic problems of genuine persons in need of caste validity certificate.
“People who need CVC are facing problems that their caste is not mentioned on their school certificates. Similarly, some people do not have their school certificates. Rather solving these problems, the State is focused on smoothening the process of getting CVC by reducing the verification process,” added Mrunal.
Advocate Satish Kambiye of Bhartiya Ganrajya Party pointed out an instance of discrepancies in CVC of a Pimpri-based politician. Kambiye alleged that District Caste Validation Certificate Committee has less legal knowledge about the issue and also avoids solving legal problems in the entire CVC process. “The State Cabinet while passing the decision has not taken people into consideration whose CVC is been challenged in the legal system and so if the decision is passed, it will increase problems for genuine CVC seekers,” added Kambiye.
Mrunal told meida persons that they would move court if a government resolution is passed about the decision.