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OBC Certificate

 

Drying cattle dung for household fuel in West ...

Drying cattle dung for household fuel in West Bengal (Photo credit: ILRI)

 

WHAT IT IS : In the constitution, OBCs are described as “socially and educationally backward classes”. The Central Government of India categorizes some of its citizens into SC/ST/OBC, taking into account their economic and social condition. The government is enjoined to ensure their social and educational development by providing social and economic security and welfare schemes. Under Article 340 of the Indian Constitution, it is obligatory for the government to promote the welfare of the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

 

The OBC Certificate is a form of Caste Certificate. This Certificate contains the fact that one belong to the OBC i.e. Other Backward Community. This is an important document for the person belonging to the OBC’s.

 

IMPORTANCEA person belonging to the OBC caste and who has the certificate can avail the reservation facilities provided by the Government of India in schools, colleges and offices which are wholly or partly funded by the government. Peoples with an OBC certificate are entitled to certain reservations regarding the following:

 

  • reservations in educational institutes
  • reservations in government service
  • reservations in legislatures
  • To obtain relaxation in the upper age limit for certain jobs.

 

Criteria

 

  1. The applicant must be a citizen of India.
  2. He is a permanent resident of West Bengal since 15-03-1993.
  3. He is an ordinary resident at the address currently residing.
  4. He belongs to the said community/ class. (annexe 1: http://www.anagrasarkalyan.gov.in/htm/obc_list.html)
  5. His identity.
  6. The applicant does not fall under ‘creamy layer’. (Determination of creamy layer is guided by the points laid out in http://www.anagrasarkalyan.gov.in/htm/reserv-4.html)

 

Where to applyThe applications will be received in concerned block office, SDO office and office of the District Development Officer (Kolkata) if the applicants (OBC) are from a block municipal area under a subdivision and Kolkata respectively. The District Development officer (Kolkata) may have some arrangements to receive applications through borough offices.

 

HOW TO GET IT:  (The procedure is similar to that of SC/ST Certificate).

 

For Kolkata, applications can be submitted to the office of the District Welfare Officer, Kolkata.

 

The documents that are required to verify the criteria are:

 

  • Citizenship Certificate.
  • Voter I card of self or parent(s).
  • Authenticated Voter list of self or parent(s).
  • PAN Card of self or parent(s).
  • Birth Certificate from Competent Authority.
  • Caste certificate of parent(s).
  • Any Govt. Document proving citizenship.
  • Land deed or land tax receipt.
  • Voter list proving residence since 1993.
  • Birth Certificate proving residence since 1993.
  • Ration Card proving residence since 1993.
  • Caste certificate of parent(s).
  • Any Govt. Document proving permanent residence since 1993.
  • Land deed or land tax receipt of local residence.
  • Voter I card of self or parent(s).
  • Certificate from Competent Authority.
  • Rent receipt of local residence.
  • Pass Book of a Nationalised Bank, Gramin Bank, Post Office or Co-operative Bank.
  • BPL Card.
  • Any Govt. Document proving local residence.
  • Caste certificate of any paternal blood relation and proof of such relation.
  • Copy of old land deed (prior to 1950) specifying community name in that document.
  • Any Govt. Document proving class identity.

 

Class Identity-

 

  • Caste Certificate of any person of parental lineage and proof of that relation.
  • Copy of old land deed (pre 1950) where class name was mentioned.
  • Any government document in support of class identity.

 

For identity -

 

  • Admit Card.
  • Voter I card.
  • PAN Card.
  • Birth Certificate from Competent Authority.
  • Identity Card by employer/ educational Institution.
  • Pass Book of Bank Account.
  • Any Govt. Document proving identity.

 

Creamy Layer- (OBC applicants should not belong to the ‘creamy layer’).

 

  • Income Certificates of parents from employers (not more than three months old from the date of filing application.
  • Income Tax Return for last three years of parents.
  • If not employed, income certificate from any competent authority (not more than three months old from the date of filing application).
  • Any Govt. Document proving income of parents.

 

NB: If the annual income of parents of an applicant is less than Rs. 4.5 lakh p.a. and their income from other sources in less than Rs. 4.5 lakh p.a. then the applicant will not be considered as belonging to ‘creamy layer’ even if the total of such incomes exceeds Rs. 4.5 lakh p.a. for the last three years. Incidentally it needs a mention that income from agricultural resources is not considered when such proof of income is applied.

 

The eligibility of an applicant can be determined on the basis of certificates issued by gram pradhan, municipality chairman, Councillor, MLA or MP together with investigation report and hearing if any one of documents stated above is not available. An application may be submitted without any document. In that case the certificate issued by gram pradhan and the investigation report will be under consideration. Age proof is not necessary for issuing a OBC certificate.

 

WHEN DO I GET IT: Ordinarily, an application for OBC certificate is to be disposed of within eight weeks from the date of its submission. The applicant has a right to know the status of his application, once filed. Hence, if demanded, status of his application has to be provided to the applicant.

 

 

 

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Caste Certificate

English: West Bengal Flag

English: West Bengal Flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHAT IT IS:  A Caste Certificate is the proof of one’s belonging to a particular caste, primarily if one belongs to the ‘Scheduled Castes’, as specified in the Indian Constitution. This was implemented as the government held the opinion that Scheduled Castes and Tribes need special encouragement and opportunities to progress at the same pace as the rest of the citizenry.

IMPORTANCE:  As a part of the Indian system of Protective Discrimination, certain special privileges are granted to this category of citizens, such as

  • reservation of seats in the Legislatures and in the Government Service,
  • waiving off a part or the whole of the fees for admission to schools and colleges,
  • quotas in educational institutions,
  • relaxation of upper age limits for applying to certain jobs, etc.

To be able to avail these privileges, a citizen belonging to a Scheduled Caste must be in possession of a valid Caste Certificate.

CRITERIA TO GET A CASTE CERTIFICATE:

  • The applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • He/she is a permanent resident of West Bengal since 1950.
  • He/she is an ordinary resident at the address currently residing.
  • He/she belongs to the said caste / tribe.
  • His/her identity.
  • As per Government of India order, a person belonging to the SC/ST category can only claim such benefits from the state he/she originates.
  • A person who was not a SC/ST by birth will not be granted a certificate merely because he/she has married a person belonging to a SC/ST.
  • The person claiming to be a SC should profess the Hindu, the Sikh or the Buddhist religion. The person claiming to be a ST may profess any religion.

HOW TO GET IT:  Caste Certificates are being issued to SC/ST people in accordance with the provisions of the West Bengal Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Identification) Act, 1994 and the West Bengal SC and ST (Identification) Rules, 1995.

  1. Get the application form online or from the local office in the City/Town/Village, of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM).
  2. If application is made on-line through the website address www.castecertificatewb.gov.in. you will be able  to download copies of the filled-in application and get an acknowledgement and receipt number.
  3. The application has to be signed by the applicant and submitted personally along with documents, if any, in support of your claim on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays within 60 days from the date of filing of your on-line application.
  4. You will also need a recommendation letter from the  District Welfare Officer, Kolkata. If you belong to a municipal area outside Kolkata, recommending authorities should not be below the rank of a deputy magistrate.

Documents required: (All copies must be attested copies)

For Citizenship:

  • Voters ID-Card of self or parent(s)
  • Authenticated Voter list of self or parent(s)
  • PAN Card of self or parent(s)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Caste Certificate of parent(s)
  • Any Government documents proving citizenship

For Permanent residence:

  • Land deed or land tax receipt.
  • Voter list proving residence since 1950.
  • Birth Certificate proving residence since 1950 .
  • Ration Card proving residence since 1950.
  • Caste certificate of parent(s).
  • Any Govt. Document proving permanent residence since 1950.

For local residence:

  • Rent receipt
  • Pass Book of a Nationalised Bank, Gramin Bank, Post  Office or Co-operative Bank.
  • BPL Card.
  • Any Govt. Document proving local residence.
  • Electricity Bill.

Caste identity:

  • Caste certificate of any paternal blood relation and proof of such relation.
  • Copy of old land deed (prior to 1950) specifying community name in that document.
  • Any Government document proving caste identity.

For identity:

  • Identity Card by employer/educational Institution.
  • Pass Book of Bank Account.
  • Admit Card.
  • Ration Card.

In case of non-availability of the documents/certificates, any of these certificates together with reports and hearing will be taken into consideration for determining of eligibility. The applicant has the right to apply even without any documentary proof in support of his claim and no application shall be rejected merely on the ground of non-availability of documentary evidences about caste identity, residence or citizenship. In such a case certificates from the Prodhan of the local Gram Panchayat, Chairman of the local Municipality or the local Councillor of the Municipal Corporation along the findings of the inquiry shall be considered to be sufficient.

There is no restriction of age for applying for a Caste Certificate.

WHEN DO YOU GET IT: Concerned offices receiving applications shall invite the applicants for hearing on 2nd or 4th Wednesdays within 60 days from the date of application and ask them to come personally with all original documents furnished in support of their claims. Ordinarily, an application for caste certificate is to be disposed of within eight weeks from the date of its submission. The applicant has a right to know the status of his application, once filed. An applicant can therefore demand the status of his application. 

NB: A person migrated from other State/Union Territory to the State of West Bengal after publication of the Presidential Orders on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes can also apply for Caste Certificate, though he is not entitled to benefits given to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes by the State of West Bengal.

Resources: http://www.anagrasarkalyan.gov.in/orders/Recent/rvisd_guidelines_sc-st-cert.pdf

Forms are available at: http://castcertificatewb.gov.in/jsp/application_module/application_sc_st.jsp

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