Tribe Certificate and its necessity
A Tribe Certificate is the proof of ones belonging to a "Scheduled Tribe", as per the specifications mentioned in the Indian Constitution to encourage them and providing opportunities to grow at the same pace as other citizenry by means of like reservation of seats in the Legislatures and in the Government Service, waiving of a part or the whole of the fees for admission to schools and colleges, quotas in educational institutions, relaxation of upper age limits for applying to certain jobs, etc.
The main criteria adopted for specifying communities as "Scheduled Tribes" include:
- Traditional occupation of a definite geographical area.
- Distinctive culture that includes a whole spectrum of tribal ways of life, i.e., language, customs, traditions, religious beliefs, arts and crafts, etc.
- Primitive traits depicting occupational pattern, economy, etc.
- Lack of educational and techno-economic development
- Attested copy of candidate's caste certificate.
- Attested copy of Birth Certificate along with parents.
- Two passport size photograph along with Father.
- Primary School leaving certificate of the applicant and his father.
- An extract of service record (book) mentioning the tribe of the applicant's father or blood relatives who are in Government or any other services
- Revenue record or village Panchayat record, if any
- Other relevant documentary evidence, if any.
People belonging to the tribes enlisted in the notified orders of the President can apply for obtaining a Tribe Certificate. Tribal development departments in some states provide certain online facilities such as downloading the concerned application form, details on tribal welfare schemes, etc., on their websites.
Application form for Scheduled Tribe Certificate: Click here
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