Maharashtra State Assembly approved a bill on caste validity certificate. The Bill was unanimously passed by the Maharashtra state assembly on 11 March 2020.
♦ The Bill will allow gram panchayat members to submit their caste validity certificates within a year of winning elections.
♦ The Bill will ensure that the aspiring candidates are not barred from contesting the elections if they do not have a caste validity certificate.
♦ At present, the candidate will have to submit his/her caste validity certificate at the time of filing of nominations. The social justice and rural development departments were working on a comprehensive policy to expedite the process of providing the validity certificate to those having caste certificates.