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SC panel asks govt to check fake certificates

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 15:21 IST

VICE-CHAIRMAN OF the National Commission on Scheduled Castes Fakeer Bhai Vaghela said complaints had been received that some people had managed to get government jobs on the basis of fake documents.

He asked the government to scrutinise such cases to expose the fraud. As many as 134 cases were pending before the high-power committee, he added. Vaghela said that Madhya Pradesh figures among the three leading states where schemes for welfare of the scheduled castes had been effectively implemented.

He lauded the special increase made this year under the scheduled castes sub-plan in comparison to last year. It may be mentioned here that a provision of Rs 870 crore had been made last year in the State while this year it has been increased to Rs 1,548 crore.

The National Commission on Scheduled Castes Vice-Chairman described the rate of conviction as excellent in cases pertaining to atrocities against people.

While this rate was merely two per cent in various states of the country, it was 24 per cent in Madhya Pradesh. Regarding caste certificates, he said they should be issued to eligible people only.

There was now meager difference in literacy among Scheduled Castes and general classes in the State, he observed. It is lagging behind by merely four per cent among men and seven per cent among women, he said.

Vaghela and other members of the Commission exchanged views on related issues with various delegations and noted their suggestions.

During discussion, Vaghela informed various delegations that around 3,200 positions were lying vacant and the State Government had launched a drive to fill up the backlog. Representatives of the Dalit Community Council held discussions about the atrocities inflicted on women and its prevention. Members of the Washermen Community Welfare Council handed over a memorandum to Vaghela.

Scheduled Castes Welfare Minister Jagdish Devda, Minister of State for Scheduled Castes Welfare Prakash Sonkar, Commission member Phoolchand Verma, secretary S K Sood,joint secretary S S Sharma and deputy director K D Bansod were also present on the occasion.