11,700 Govt Workers In Maharashtra Face Getting Sacked For Submitting Fake Caste Certificates

| February 4 , 2018 , 10:38 IST

The issue of reservation in jobs and education is a hotly debated topic in India, with several communities claiming they should rightfully get reservation, and general category persons maintaining that everything should be merit-based.

Around 11,700 government employees who used forged caste certificated to get their jobs under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) quota may face the axe, nearly 7 months after a Supreme Court directive ordered the dismissal of employees who got jobs through fake certificates.

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The Supreme Court, in July 2017, had ruled that anyone found guilty of using a forged caste certificate to secure a job or admission into an educational institute would lose their respective jobs and degrees and would also face punitive action regardless of tenure of service.  

Although the Supreme Court's directive is straightforward, the large numbers of employees that would have to be removed from the Maharashtra government service is causing concern to the government. Many of the employees have worked with the government for more than 20 years, with many rising from the post of clerk to as high as deputy secretary in the state government.

The removal of the 11,700 employees that gained jobs by means of fake certificates would likely be the largest sack of government employees in one swoop, and trigger protests by unions.

"Both the law department and AG have opined there is no way to protect these employees," said a senior official.

Meanwhile,  BJP MLA Vikas Kumbhare from Nagpur is set to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday to urge him that there is no injustice done to genuine tribals.