Chennai: In a bid to provide hassle free community certificates for Jains settled in Tamil Nadu, the state government issued a circular to tahsildars on Wednesday, directing them to give Jain community certificates within four working days after due verification.
A government order issued by commissioner of revenue administration (CRA) K. Satyagopal read that that the inspection officer should obtain a statement from at least five persons of repute belonging to the Jain religion from the area. In case the applicant’s parents already possess a Jain certificate issued by a tahsildar, field verification can be dispensed with and on verification of the parent’s certificate, the claim of the applicant can be processed.
In case where the applicant’s parents do not possess a permanent certificate, the village administrative officer and revenue inspector should conduct field verification and the certificate should be issued within 7 working days by the tahsildar. The order also specified the workflow deadline.
The village administrative officer will take two days for compilation of the application and the revenue inspector will take two days for field verification.
Once the application file reaches the tahsildar, the officer should issue the certificate within three days and thus an applicant, in a regular case, should get his certificate in four days and in the situation where parents do not have community certificates it has to be processed within seven working days, the government circular read.
“Rules are there for the speedy issue of community certificates but there is practical delay in issuing certificates of all communities as the tahsildar offices lack high speed internet and trained staff to process the applications,” said civic activist Arani Sreenivasan.