New Delhi: People belonging to minority communities will no longer have to secure certificates from officials to avail of benefits of welfare schemes, with the government making it clear that self-attestation was enough.
“In this context, it is informed that minority certificate is not mandatory for getting the benefits of welfare schemes being implemented by the ministry,” the ministry of minority affairs has said in a recent communication to the states.
The government has notified six communities as minorities – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. The latter’s inclusion was notified in January last year.
The removal of requirement of minority certificates is in keeping with the government’s decision to accept self-attestation across all departments and educational institutes.