Ferozepur, November 22, 2012: The president of All India Consumer Welfare Association, Boota Singh, in a letter to the Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal has demanded to issue caste certificate to the children of backward class families on the basis of instructions of Government of India.
Boota Singh said, “Injustice is being done with the backward class families in Punjab, while issuing the backward class (BC) certificates to their children. The government is not issuing the certificates under backward class category to the children of employees of OBC and farmers in agricultural profession with the result they are facing great difficulty”.
He further said, in Bahtinda, Raj Rattan Singh and Yashharan Singh have been denied the certificate under OBC category taking the plea of having income more than Rs.4-5 lakhs.
Tej Singh, legal advisor informed, as per Government of India letter (No.36033/5/2004) of October 14, 2004 and office memorandum of October 14, 2008, the wages of government employees and annual income from agriculture does not fall under the purview of creamy layer.
As per the sources, copies of GOI letters were given to the Deputy Commissioner, Bahtinda but the same have been ignored while considering issuing of the backward class certificate. Against this attitude of the administration, the Association has demand to issue caste certificate to the children of backward class families by following the recommendations of Mandal Commission.