“Assam students to get Caste Certificates in schools from next year”: CM Sarma

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Sarma added that along with launching Basundhara-II, the government will release a Tribal Land Policy.
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Sarma said it is not linked to NRC or legacy data.

Guwahati: From next year, students from Class VIII in Assam can apply for caste certificates through this portal which will also be lined with CM’s dashboard to enable the Chief Minister’s Office to monitor the entire process.

On Monday, launching the ‘Mission Bhumiputra’, a simplified and digital way to issue digitalised caste certificate to students, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a Bhumiputra Portal at a programme held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra.

Implemented by the Departments of Tribal Affairs (Plain) and Social Justice Empowerment, the mission has been implemented to carry forward government’s mission of easy public service to the public.

He also asked departments of Tribal Affairs (Plain) and Social Justice Empowerment to generate awareness on this new initiative.

Sarma said that under the mission, government will create two pillars. Henceforth, manual system of issuing caste certificate will be ceased.

“From August 8 onwards, the deputy commissioners (DCs) will give the format of applications for caste certificates to the headmasters of educational institutions. The headmasters will fill up the application formats for their onward submission to the DCs who then forward the applications to the Boards of respective caste or tribe. The DC then will convene a meeting with the Boards to decide on the protocol for issuing caste certificate to the students. If any doubt in the process crops up, the application may be sent for further verification. The certificates will be available in the digi locker under the IT Act with digitally signed by the respective DC,” Sarma said.

The CM said that earlier people before joining any government job, had to bear encumbrances to secure such documents. However, with the lunch of Mission Bhumiputra such problems will be solved without any glitch, he added.

Sarma added that as a part of government’s commitment to the welfare of the people belonging to different tribes, along with launching Basundhara-II, the government will release a Tribal Land Policy.

He also said that government has laid emphasis on issuing EWS certificates to the people as steps will be taken to issue such certificate to the students from class VIII onwards. An awareness rally will be organised from September 1to 15. With regards to OBC certificates, State government will take necessary steps, he added.

“The applicants will be issued the certificates digitally signed by respective Deputy Commissioners, who will be assisted by official bodies of different castes in identifying/approving the caste of students. It is not linked to NRC or legacy data,” Sarma said.

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