Governor of Kerala has issued an ordinance for formation of a Commission for Forward Communities.
- The Ordinance constituting the commission was cleared by the State Cabinet on May 7. Provisions of the ordinance have come into effect with the promulgation of the ordinance.
Commission for Forward Communities
Forward Communities/Forward Class : General class i.e not under Reservation categories
About the Commission:
Under the provisions of the ordinance, the commission would be headed by a sitting or retired judge of the Supreme or High Court and have two persons with specialized knowledge on forward communities as its members.
- The commission’s member secretary would be a person who had served for at least three years as an additional secretary to the government or a person who has served in the rank of an additional secretary for not less than three years.
- The tenure of the chairperson and members of the commission would be 3 years.
Functions of the Commission:
- The commission’s main task would be to submit to the government a list of forward communities in the State.
- It would also conduct studies on the problems faced by the economic backward sections in forward communities and suggest remedial measures.
- The commission would also hear sections or persons, if any, who wish to be included in a forward community and advise the government on the subject.
- It would also be required to give advice to the government on measures to be taken for the general welfare of forward communities.
The commission would have the power to summon any person from any part of the State, ensure the person’s presence, and try the person under oath and demand production of any document that it wishes to make use of.
The ordinance also stipulates that the government should issue forward community certificates to persons belonging to the forward communities in the format to be suggested by the commission.
Sources: The Hindu.