New Delhi: Clearing several pending proposals, Delhi government on Monday simplified the procedure of giving caste certificates, especially to the Balmiki community.

In the meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, it was decided that government would empower the MPs and MLAs to verify important documents in this regard. They can hold inquiry at the local level only if the family of a Balmiki Community is applying for the caste certificate for the first time.

However, the privilege comes with a rider.  In case of wrong verification, action would be taken against them under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Balmiki families would have to get their affidavit verified either by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) or the Executive Magistrate.

Making marriage registration mandatory in the national capital, the Cabinet cleared that communities which already have the provision of marriage registration need not follow the new proposal.

The Cabinet also approved the Food Safety Bill.

(JPN/Bureau)