Dehradun, October 5
President of the Uttarakhand Sanyukt Sarv Samaj Sangathan Ompal Singh Rathi has urged the state government to take a firm stand on the important issues related to public welfare.

He referred to issues related to state domicile, caste certificate, reservation in promotion and condition of knowledge of dialects for the government jobs.
Rathi said the state government must comply with the decision of the High Court with regard to the state domicile. “The state government must put an end to all speculation, confusion or voices of dissent by taking a resolute decision to go along with the High Court decision on the subject of state domicile. The caste certificate issue should also be resolved likewise. Here the government must remove the compulsion of possessing the legal or property documents pertaining to 1950 to obtain caste certificate. The yardstick for issuing caste or domicile certificate should be common.”
While explaining about the rigmarole, people have to use these important documents, he said. “People run from pillar to post to obtain caste certificate to get the benefits regarding education and employment. But the process has been made so cumbersome that very few people get it. It has been 11 years since the state was carved out. Neither the issue pertaining to the caste certificates nor the state domicile has been resolved till date. The state government needs to decide on it on priority basis without indulging in mindless politics.” He also urged on removing the prior condition of knowledge of dialects, Kumaoni and Garhwali, to compete for the state government politics, calling it baseless. Sethi also favoured reservation in promotion. He said his organisation enjoyed the support of 42 other organisations belonging to various castes and communities and stressed that the state government could not overlook their demands.
He said his organisation held protests in March and May last year after which the state government constituted a committee to look into their demands. The committee gave its report but the government did nothing on its recommendation. He said if the state government continued to pay no heed to their demands, soon they would start an agitation throughout the state.

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