BMC nod to caste, religion on birth, death certificates
Caste and religion are now, officially, matters of life and death. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cleared a proposal by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Sunil Ahir that aims to incorporate details of religion and caste in the birth and death certificates issued by the civic body.
The suggestion by Sunil Ahir, who happens to be the brother of minister of state for housing and social justice Sachin Ahir, got support from across party lines as well as the endorsement of BMC’s general body on Friday evening.
The municipal commissioner will now review the proposal and form an opinion about the demand made by corporators. If he agrees to the petition then it will be forwarded to the state government for further execution. “My intention is clear that no one should suffer while trying to prove himself eligible of availing the benefits of caste. I have experienced the problems myself. I don’t want the next generation to go through the same. Once caste is mentioned in the birth certificate, a person would not need to obtain another document to prove the same,” said Sunil Ahir.
The NCP councillor is hopeful of a positive response from the municipal commissioner’s office. “This would be of great help for future generations, and my department will take constructive steps to provide relief to common people,” said minister Sachin Ahir. The proposal has not yet reached the BMC commissioner’s office. “The notice of the motion will be considered once we receive it,” said sources from the office.
Caste certificate is required at the time of seeking:
>> College admission
>> Government job
>> To contest civic, assembly and Lok Sabha elections