‘98 ST certificates issued fraudulently by officials’
Baramulla, Apr 21: The State Advisory Board for the Development of Gujjars and Bakerwals has alleged that various Tehsil offices have fraudulently issued 98 certificates of Schedule Tribe in the Valley.
Giving details about the alleged racket, Board official said 15 such certificates had been issued in Baramulla, 48 in (Islamabad) Anantnag, 15 in Pulwama, 16 in Budgam and five in Kulgam.
“We have provided all the details about these fraudulent certificates to different investigative agencies of the State for holding a probe. It is a big racket, where affluent people had managed to get such certificates by spending huge amount of money,” a member of the Advisory Board told Greater Kashmir on the conditions of anonymity.
“There are identified sub-casts of Schedule Tribe like Khatana, Kasana, Gegi, Barwal, Paswal, Famda, Chuhan, Kataria and Chechi and only all of them are entitled for the ST certificate. In most cases, the certificates have been issued to casts other than the registered sub-casts” said, Taj Din Taj, Additional secretary All India SC/ST Confederation (Kashmir).
About these cases in Baramulla, he said, 15 such cases which had surfaced in the district are from the cast other than the identified casts of ST. “ The certificates have been issued to casts including Mir, Banday, Dar, Bhat, Bakshi, Najar, Zargar and Lone,” he said.
Private Secretary to the Vice-Chairman of Advisory Board for the Development of Gujjars & Bakerwals, in a communiqué to the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Vide No PS/ VC/G&B/2011 has given the list of 14 candidates who have “fraudulently” managed these certificates.
“These candidates according to the communiqué have managed to find place in the recently released list of those selected for interview to the teachers post,” sources said.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Bashir Ahmad said, “Notices have been issued to different Tehsildars of Baramulla district to furnish the details regard the alleged fraudulent certificates.”
“We have started an investigation into the matter. The Tehsildars have been asked to furnish the detailed report over the issue,” DC said.
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