Gujarat BJP ready with new plan to appease Patidars before elections

The Gujarat Bhartiya Janata Party does not want to repeat the massive outrage of the Patidar community here especially when the general elections are round the corner. Apart from a major revamp planned by the year end, the government seems to be up in toes in from as early as June 2018 to decide better placement of Patidars.

Gujarat BJP ready with new plan to appease Patidars before elections

The Gujarat Bhartiya Janata Party does not want to repeat the massive outrage of the Patidar community here especially when the general elections are round the corner. Apart from a major revamp planned by the year end, the government seems to be up in toes in from as early as June 2018 to decide better placements of Patidars.

Apeasement politics with at its best in Gujarat, the government through the department of social justice and empowerment, has passed a resolution fixing guidelines for providing eligibility certificates for non reserved class families to ensure that benefit reaches especially the target community, in this case, the Patidars.

The certificates, once handed over to the families aims to enable them to get several benefits at a relatively high speed, than compared to the others. As per information, for the financial backward class certficates, procedurial criteria matching with that of the Sheduled Castes and Sheduled Tribes. This aims to bridge the gap between the Patidars and SC/ST, as the Patidars have been demanding reservation on the same lines of that of SC/STs in Gujarat.

The government says that these certificates will enable them for benefits under the upcoming schemes being launched for the welfare of the opressed classes. K G Vanzara, additional secretary, social justice and empowerment department, who issued the GR, said, "The state government will formulate the schemes and income criteria for the beneficiaries separately.

This GR is only for setting up a mechanism to receive, verify and issue non-reserved caste certificates.'' According to the GR issued on May 30, the government has termed non-reserved castes as such castes, "which are not in the prescribed list of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes or in the list of socially and economically backward castes.''

The state government has designated all officials competent to issue SC, ST and OBC certificates for issuing the non-reserved caste certificates. Under this GR, any collector, additional collector, deputy collector, DDO, deputy DDO, mamlatdar, TDO, district director (developing castes), and district social welfare officer can issue the non-reserved caste certificate.

These certificates can be issued only to people of Gujarat domicile. In case of rejection of the application, or certificate considered to be fake, an appeal can be made to the competent higher authority in the district hierarchy.

In case of an order by the collector, appeal can be filed before the director (developing castes). Collectors have been directed to form a district committee to set the procedure and system to issue the non-reserved caste certificates. However, it is yet to notify the detailed welfare schemes, or the income criteria required to get their benefits.