Kerala govt finally decides to issue minority
Thiruvananthapuram: The Supreme Court is yet to decide on 4.5 percent
sub quota for Minorities under the 27 percent OBC quota in the central
educational institutions and jobs. The minorities, chiefly Muslims in
Kerala were fortunate enough to overcome a major hurdle in their way
to obtain the sub quota reservations as the Kerala Revenue Department
finally decided to issue separate minority certificates according to a
format suggested by the Kerala Minority Welfare Department [MWD].
The minority students from Kerala appearing for IIT, IIM exams last
April had encountered difficulties in applying for this reservation
benefits because the state only had a creamy layer, nativity or
community certificate to be sent in along with their applications.
None among these were quite adequate an evidence before the central
govt institutions to prove that they belonged to a minority community
of the state because, according to the 1992 National Commission for
Minorities act, section 2C - the notified minority communities of a
particular state like the Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and
Parsees should submit a minority certificate issued by the state govt
in specific to obtain special reservation benefits in the central govt
jobs and institutions.
Though the Minority Welfare Department of Kerala under its director Dr
P Nazeer was pressing on the necessity of formatting such a
certificate to help out the minority job aspirants and students, it
often went off as an unheard call. He contacted all 14 District
collectors of the state with this demand by sending in them copies of
the 1992 Minority Act, but they replied saying that it is just an Act
and it requires a further notification to process. He immediately took
care to send in the 1993 notification of this act to all these
District Collectors and Tahsildars.
Dr P Nazeer prepared the format for the certificate in his own laptop
and luckily the Revenue Department of the state with the consent of
the Revenue Secretary has sent in the orders to the District
Collectors, Land Revenue Departments, and Tahsildars, along with an
approval from State Minority Secretary to issue minority certificates
to those belonging to the minority communities of the state. The order
has been passed and the certificate format too has been finalised
according to the suggestions of the MWD.
This has been a major step towards the emancipation of these
marginalised sections of the state because until now though the Centre
was seen announcing reservations for the minorities there was no
specific system to make it available to the minority communities of
the state, because Kerala is yet to have a minority act of its own and
the state was not issuing any certificate in specific to prove that
these sections belonged to a minority community.