New Delhi: Authorised persons like district and sub-divisional magistrates should issue caste certificates to people belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBC), the Centre said on Thursday.
The move comes after it came to notice that some unauthorised officers were issuing these certificates.
In a directive to all state governments, the Ministry of Personnel said District Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate, Collector Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner, First Class Stipendary Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Taluka Magistrate, Executive Magistrate, Extra Assistant Commissioner, Chief Presidency Magistrate, Additional Chief and Presidency Magistrate, among others are competent authorities to issue the certificates.
Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar and Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the candidate or his family normally resides can also issue such certificates, it said.
"It has come to the notice of the government that in some states, offices or officers, other than those prescribed above, have been authorised to issue caste or social status certificates," the directive said.
All states have been asked to send a list of offices or officers authorised by them to issue caste or social status certificates, it said.