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TN SC community petitions government against issuing certificates to non-SCs

- March 30, 2022

Chennai, March 30 (BPNS)

The Kuravar community alleged that Tamil Nadu government officials including Thehsildhars and village officers are issuing community certificates of their caste to people belonging to other castes including BCs and forward castes. The community leaders said that they have already petitioned the SC/ST welfare department of the Tamil Nadu government and are planning to meet the Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin soon.

The Hindu Kuravar Samuthaya Committee state president S. Thangavelu has petitioned the Tenkasi district collector against former Thahsildhar of Kadaynnnur, Athinarayanan, and Village Administrative  Officer (VAO),  Puliyangadi Balasubramanian.

Thangavelu while speaking to BPNS said, “ We have already petitioned the Tamil Nadu government and have now cited the examples of 67 people belonging to Pachaikarar and Gangaikarar communities who are non Scheduled Castes getting certificates under the name of Kuravar community.  The VAO had accepted the papers and forwarded them to the Thahsildhar who issued the certificates.”

He said that the community believes that the revenue department officials have received kickbacks in providing certificates of Kuravars to non-Kuravars and said that a big racket is working across the state to seize the benefits of the Kuravar community.

Thangavelu said that this was happening across Tamil Nadu and in most cases, those who benefit from these certificates are either Backward Castes or Most Backward Castes (MBCs) and in rare cases forward castes also.

The Kuravar community leader said that they are planning to meet the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and request him for a detailed police investigation into the matter and to unearth the scam being carried out under the auspicious of certain officials of the state revenue department.

The Kuravar community leader said that the action of the revenue officials amounts to sabotaging the reservation policy enacted by the Government under the constitution and that it cannot be allowed to go unpunished.