As anxious parents crowded the Citizen Facility Centre (CFC) to seek non-creamy layer and domicile certificates yesterday, — the Directorate of Technical Education’s deadline for submission is just three days away — chaos prevailed at the centre with applicants undergoing a harrowing time.
A scuffle broke out between two groups after CFC officials handed out certificates to those who had applied on June 2 instead of giving certificates to those who had submitted their request on May 30.
“We were called to the centre to collect the certificate today as we had applied on May 30, but CFC officials started distributing certificates to people who had applied on June 2. We squatted on the floor when applicants who had applied later than us started cutting the line and were being called to the collection counter. This caused a fight among a few people,” said Rahul Kamble, a student who came to collect his non-creamy layer certificate.
Many parents were left fuming after they were unable to get their certificates. “I have to submit the certificate tomorrow, but they did not issue the certificate today. I now fear that my son will not secure admission in a college,” said Shyam Kulkarni.
Minal Kalaskar, tehsildar CFC in-charge said, “There were a few queries in the forms submitted from May 27 to 30. So, we demanded some additional documents from the applicants. We asked them to wait, as we needed to verify the data. They will receive the certificate in two days.” She added, “To avoid the last minute rush, we had conducted camps under a special drive at various schools. We calculated there are around 33,000 students in Std VIII, IX and X, but only 2,270 students applied for domicile and caste certificate and mostly all of them applied at the last moment.”
“Till Wednesday, there was one deputy collector and few Tehsildars deputed for the job and other clerical staff was also less. But, keeping in mind the rush the staff strength was beefed up. We increased staff count in many folds. There are eight deputy collectors instead of one, eight tehsildars, 15 Naib Tehsildars, 60 verification staff and 60 other clerical staff. Also, as many top officials were engaged in an anti-encroachment drive at Shindewadi, work was affected,” she added.
State Director of Technical Education SK Mahajan ruled out an extension deadline. “We have to follow the SC guidelines and complete all rounds on June 30,” he said.