No caste certificates: An entire community stranded

Nearly 4000 people are not just struggling to make a living but also face entitlement rights violations due to the absence of caste certificates in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.They are fighting for housing rights under the Indira Awas Yojana, subdiz ed ration and employment. There are also many cases of children dropping out of school due to the absence of caste certificates.   

Being a nomadic community, they are unable to produce necessary documents. However, an order of the social justice department ensures that if requisite proof for the caste certificate is unavailable in the last 50 years, caste certificates can be issued on verification by the village council head. 

In the last six months, Community Correspondent Krupakar Chahande has appealed to various authorities including the Assistant Development Officer and the District Development Officer for the issuance of caste certificates but to no avail. In August 2015,  he conducted two press conferences and met DC & SDM with the community members but that too received no response. Finally, he reached out to Rajkumar Badole, Social Justice Minister, Maharashtra, who has now assured that he will ensure housing, caste certificates and livelihood for the community.

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