Minority Certificate in Kerala
Minority Certificate in Kerala
Minority certificate is an important document for people who belong to the minority community. The National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 defined Minority as a smaller group representing less than half of the whole or predominant population, i.e. it’s a community which is numerically less than 50% of the total population. In this article, we look at the procedure for obtaining a minority certificate in Kerala in detail.
National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992
The National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 was passed in the year 1992 by notification of Central Government in the Official Gazette. As Central Government notified 6 religious communities Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains and named them as minority communities. When the Central Government listed these communities as a minority, it appears that numerical criterion was taken into consideration.
Minority Community in Kerala
The list of the minority community in Kerala are listed below:
Benefits of Obtaining Minority Certificate
Minority Certificate is used to apply for the Pension Scheme. For students, it’s very helpful in school admission with fee concession and to get benefits of Government schemes. Further, minority certificate can also be used for reservation in Government service and relaxation of upper age limits for applying to specific jobs.
Schemes and Programmes for Minority in Kerala
- Scholarship and hostel stipend for Muslim girls and Prof. Joseph Mudasseri Scholarship.
- Coaching centres for minorities
- Kerala Madrassa Teachers Welfare Scheme
- Imbichibava Housing Scheme.
- Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MSDP)
- Monitoring of Prime Ministers 15 point programme.
- Career guidance programme for minority students.
- Scholarship for undergoing courses in pursuit of CA, ICWA or CS.
- Skill Training reimbursement of fees to the minority BPL students studying in two-year courses.
- Water Supply Scheme in minority concentrated areas.
- Share capital for the KSMDFC.
Documents Required for Minority Certificate
The following documents need to be uploaded during the online application process:
- School certificate
- Ration card
- Proof of minority or community (Minority certificate of the father, brother, sister or any blood relatives)
- Application form (To apply through Akshaya centres)
- Aadhaar Card, Mobile Number, Email ID is mandatory for e-District portal registration.
Minority certificate will be issued within 3 days from the date of application.
In case of application through an Akshaya centre, a fee of Rs. 18 (Akshaya service charge) + Rs. 7 (Govt. Service charge) + Rs. 3 per page for scanning or printing will be applicable. SC or ST families will have to pay a fee of Rs. 10 + Rs. 2 per page for scanning or printing. Below Poverty Line families would have to pay Rs. 20 for a minority certificate.
To apply through the e-District online portal amount of Rs. 15 to be paid.
Applying for Minority Certificate
If the applicant is applying through an Akshaya Centre, submit an application for a minority certificate with an application fee. They will give them a receipt with the application number. They will get SMS to mobile phones regarding the progress of the application. Once they get the “certificate issued” SMS on the given mobile number, they should visit the Akshaya centre and print the certificate.
We give the user a complete guide for online Minority Certificate Application Process.
Step 1: Visit e-District Kerala website.
Step 2: To apply online register in this e-district website by clicking on portal user registration.
Step 3: The page will redirect to the next page. Enter the details; Select the login name and password. The applicant has to select the password recovery question and answer for this.
Step 4: Enter the given case sensitive characters. Click on validate and register.
Step 5: Now, the applicant can log in into the e-District portal using the username and password.
One Time Registration
To avail certificate services in eDistrict Kerala, the applicant has to do a one-time registration.
Step 6: The applicant needs to click on ‘one-time registration’ menu. Fill up all the details. Click the duplicate button.
This will find out if the applicant has already registered through Akshaya Centers or so and enable them to pick details. After the successful duplicate check, the ‘submit’ button will be enabled.
Step 7: Click the submit button to register. The ‘Edit Registration’ option lets the applicant edit the registered details.
Step 8: Select applicant registration and the link will go to the next page. Click on duplicate; the system will automatically check the duplicate application. The applicant needs to click on “Submit”.
Step 9: Once they have registered the application, click on “apply for certificate” and then click on get started.
Applying online is a 3 stage process
- Fill in application details
- Upload supporting documents
- Make payment and generate acknowledgement (Receipt)
Application Detail Section
Step 10: The applicant has to enter eDistrict register number and select certificate type (Minority certificate). They can select the purpose of a certificate from the drop-down menu.
Step 11: Religion category minority is necessary.
Step 12: Enter the applicant name and select self from relationship drop-down menu.
Step 13: Click on save. Then they will be led to the “attach document” section.
Step 14: The applicant needs to upload certificates like ration card, minority certificate of relation, school certificate and Aadhaar card.
Note: Attach PDF documents only. Full size of maximum 100KB per page will be allowed.
Step 15: Once the applicant has uploaded all the documents, they can make payment. Go through this detail and click on payment.
- Registration number
- Certificate type
- Payment of the total amount
- Payment section
Step 16: The applicant can pay the fee by net banking, Debit card payment, Credit card payment, Cash-card prepaid, wallets or IMPS.
Step 17: When the applicant makes a successful payment, they will be redirected to the receipt page. They can take a print out of this receipt and application.
Step 18: The applicant can check the status of “transaction history” on the left tab. After receiving the certificate issued SMS on the mobile number login into eDistrict and download the Minority Certificate.