Scheduled Tribe status has been accorded to certain communities in India as per the provisions of Article 342 and 366(25) of the Indian Constitution which were promulgated to ensure greater representation and fast-track development of the listed communities due their backwardness, cultural distinctiveness and lesser level of overall development. Certain benefits such as reservations in educational institutions, government jobs and a multitude of welfare schemes have been extended by the governments at the centre as well as the state to members of communities which have been accorded Scheduled Tribe status. Hence, a scheduled tribe certificate becomes a prerequisite for being eligible to avail of such benefits. Such certificates are issued by the office of the Deputy Commissioner in the districts.
All application forms shall be received in Public Facilitation Centre (PFC) in Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Haflong and in Office of the Sub-Division Officer (C), Maibang. The application form and documents enclosed shall be scrutinized in detail at the time of receipt. Every application form shall be issued an acknowledgement receipt wherein the applicant shall have to be informed of the date of collecting the certificate. All applicants shall be issued their ST certificates within fifteen (15) days from the date of receipt of their respective applications. Any objections/reasons for rejection of an application shall be communicated in writing to the concerned applicant within fifteen (15) days from the date of receipt of the application.
However, if the designated officer is of the opinion that further enquiry is required, then the application shall be forwarded to the concerned Circle Officer/ARO or Autonomous Council authorities for enquiry and report shall be completed within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the same. The whole process should be completed within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of the application.