Uttarakhand government to set up Joint Parliamentary Committee

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Dehradun, Nov 22 (UNI) In view of the domicile and caste certificate issues raised by opposition Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party in the Winter Session of Uttarakhand Assembly, the state government today decided to form a Joint Parliamentary Committee to make the procedure to obtain these certificates simple.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant told media that the difficulties faced by the people in obtaining the Domicile and Caste Certificates was all due to authorities concerned taking a minutes that was released on July 7, 2006 after a meeting held on June 28, 2006 chaired by the Chief Secretary to look into the practicality in issuing certificates, as guidelines.

The statement in the minutes said that to obtain a caste certificate the applicant's father, grandfather or great grandfather would have to be a domicile of the state.

Mr Pant said that the minute was not a Government Order (GO) for issuance of the certificates. He said the authorities have been asked not to follow contents of the minutes as guidelines. "They have been asked to follow the Government Order released on November 20, 2001 in this regard," he apprised, adding that a new order would be issued after the Joint Parliamentary Committee reached a decision.

The opposition Congress and BSP have rocked the House for two consecutive days of state's Winter Session demanding discussion under Rule 310 on the issue of Domicile and Caste Certificates forcing adjournment of the House several times on both the days.

UNI

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