What began as a battle for Geeta Devi (30), to get the Scheduled Caste scholarship for her son final yr, ended on Tuesday along with her case changing into the primary within the metropolis the place a toddler was given a caste certificates on the premise of a single mom’s paperwork.
Geeta, who lives in Central Delhi’s Bapa Nagar along with her mom, sister and son, was knowledgeable by the varsity final yr that she needed to submit her son’s caste certificates for him to be eligible for scholarships out there to youngsters from the class. Thus started her wrestle.
After visiting the sub-district Justice of the Peace (SDM) workplace, which points caste certificates, she was advised she must carry her husband’s caste certificates as proof for her son to get one.
“I’m married, however my husband doesn’t determine wherever in my life. He left me years in the past and isn’t bothered about us. How might I get his caste certificates as proof?” she mentioned.
“I had an SC certificates in my identify. My son is 13 years previous and his academics mentioned I wanted to submit his caste certificates for him to be eligible for scholarships. I realised the certificates would additionally assist him later in life and needed to get it made instantly. After I went to the SDM workplace, I used to be advised, ‘ya toh pita ke naam pe banega, ya ghar ke kissi aadmi ke naam pe’. This was not possible for me. I went to the SDM workplace four-five instances,” added Gita, who misplaced her job in a thread choosing unit in 2020 due to the pandemic.
After working round for just a few extra days, Geeta approached the world MLA, Vishesh Ravi.
Based on the Delhi authorities, until final yr, caste certificates have been issued solely primarily based on the certificates of the daddy or another paternal male family member.
After listening to of the case, Ravi wrote a number of letters to the officers within the Income Division and met these within the Social Welfare Division and Division for the Welfare of SC/ST of Delhi.
He had additionally raised this subject within the Delhi Legislative Meeting, highlighting the struggling of single SC/ST moms, in 2020.
Based on officers, a round to amend the process for the issuance of SC/ST caste certificates primarily based on a single mom’s caste certificates was issued in July 2020.
“I’m lastly happy that I might do that for my son. I’m his mum or dad and caregiver and I used to be in a position to give him what he’s owed,” she mentioned Tuesday after her son’s certificates was handed over to her.