Govt job aspirants may not have to give non-creamy layer proof

New Delhi: There may be no need for production of multiple non-creamy layer certificates for candidates belonging to Other Backward Class (OBC) seeking reservation in government jobs and instead they can provide self-attested photocopy of such documents, as per new rules being considered by the Centre.

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions Jitendra Singh
Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions Jitendra Singh

Every candidate seeking reservation in central government posts and services as OBC candidate is required to submit a certificate confirming his or her status and also produce non-creamy layer status certificate.

“The appointing authorities would accept production of self-attested photo copy of the non-creamy layer certificate, subject to verification of the original non-creamy layer certificate, as is the practice being followed for verification of other original documents,” the Personnel Ministry has proposed.

It has sought comments from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Higher Education, Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission on this proposal.

It has also sought feedback on a new format for issue of non-creamy layer certificate suggested by National Commission of Backward Classes.

The non-creamy layer certificate would be applicable to OBC candidates who are covered under income or wealth test criterion. The income limit is decided on the basis of income earned during three previous financial years preceding the year of appointment, the Personnel Ministry has said.

To illustrate, the validity of non-creamy layer certificate issued during any month of the financial year 2016-17 covering three preceding financial years is accepted by the authorities concerned for any appointments or recruitments which would be valid during the period April 2016 to March 2017, it has proposed.