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Complaint filed against revenue officials

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BENGALURU: Complaints are piling up from various quarters against revenue officials who are rejecting caste and income certificates from applicants for trivial and invalid reasons.

The members of the Janaadhikar Sangharsha Parishath, an anti-corruption organization, have submitted complaints to the Additional General Secretary, Karnataka Lokayukta Police and Deputy Commissioner about this practice in revenue offices.

The JSP claims that the revenue officials are trying to obtain pecuniary advantages from applicants. There is also a trend of several middlemen or touts who hang around the revenue office and ask for bribes to help applicants get their certificates.

The applications are often rejected by the revenue officials on pretexts such as non-submission of transfer certificates, school certificates or caste certificates of the applicants to determine the applicant’s caste. The revenue officials are supposed to conduct inspection at the applicant’s residence and submit a report to the concerned revenue officer based on which the application has to be processed further.

The JSP had stated in its report to the authorities that in 80 rejections, it had proofs that there is abuse of the position and illegality happening as the applicant was approached by a tout who secured the caste certificate on the payment of a certain sum, surplus to the government fees

The JSP urged the ADGP and Deputy Commissioner to book the corrupt officials and touts under the Prevention of Corruption Act and any other relevant act to effectively prevent such practices.

– Jisa Sara Mathew

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