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Karnataka CM pulls up officials over fake caste certificates row

If the caste certificates are found to be fake, action will be taken against the offender as well as the officials involved, the CM said.

Published: 26th April 2017 04:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2017 04:31 AM   |  A+A-

Home Minister G Parameshwara, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Social Welfare Minster H Anjaneya at a meeting in Vidhana Soudha on Tuesday | nagesh polali

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: In order to crack down on people issuing and using fake caste certificates, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah directed the police department, deputy commissioners and district in-charge ministers to monitor the issue. If the caste certificates are found to be fake, action will be taken against the offender as well as the officials involved, the CM said.

The CM convened a meeting with authorities of the State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee on Tuesday. Siddaramaiah, who was visibly upset over the issue, took Social Welfare Department officials, including Principal Secretary V Manivannan, to task. “There are over 460 fake caste certificate cases pending investigation. What are the officials doing? Why has there been no action against the officials who issued these certificates?” he asked.

He said that if non-eligible candidates with fake caste certificates apply for jobs and get them, this is injustice to poor and eligible candidates.

A release said Siddaramaiah has asked the police to monitor those who apply for caste certificates. Deputy Commissioners have been told to convene a meeting once every three months to monitor those who obtained caste certificates. The CM added that more special courts must be established to dispose of cases of atrocity on SCs and STs. He directed Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya to speak to the Chief Justice regarding this.



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