The main aim of our Government is to manage the country and keep it progressing. The varied needs of the people as a whole should be kept in mind and a ‘push’ needs to be given wherever necessary. Various schemes have been launched by both the State and Central Governments that the citizens can benefit from. However, in a country where the population is in billions, it is difficult to identify who is genuinely eligible for what type of benefit.
Therefore, the government issues various types of certifications on submission of valid proofs. One such type of certification is the Income Certificate. It can be used to take benefit of those schemes where eligibility is determined based on the annual income of the person or his family.
What is an Income Certificate?
An Income Certificate is a document issued by an authority under the State Government certifying the annual income of a person or his family from all sources. The actual authority that issues such a certificate varies from state to state. It is usually the Village Tahsildars that issue the certificate but many states and union territories also have District Magistrate / Collector, Revenue Circle Officers, Sub Divisional Magistrates or other District Authorities appointed for this purpose. In certain parts of the country, this certificate is also termed as ‘EWS certificate’ which stands for ‘Economically Weaker Section Certificate’.
What are its possible uses?
As mentioned earlier, the income certificate acts as a proof of eligibility to various schemes and benefits granted by the State Government in various fields. These fields include but are not limited to:
- Educational institutions that usually have a quota reserved for people from economically poorer backgrounds. This certificate helps them secure admission either free of cost or at a concession.
- Scholarships offered by some institutions/governments targeting the upliftment of the poor.
- Availment of medical benefits like free or concessional treatment, subsidized medicines, financial assistance to mothers who give birth to girl child, etc.
- Obtaining loans from the respective government employers at a concessional rate of interest.
- Providing relief to victims of various natural calamities and disasters.
- Widows who can claim government pension wherever applicable.
- Claiming entitlement to hostels, flats or other such government accommodation
What is the procedure to obtain the Income Certificate?
Most states have a dedicated website for such administration related activities through which the certificate can be applied for. The procedure would be:
- Go to the respective State / District online portal to apply for the certificate
- Register by creating an account on the website with a unique username and password secured with the mobile number.
- Login to your account and look for ‘Apply for income certificate’ or such similar terms.
- This will open up an online application where your personal details need to be filled or uploaded. Such details include:
- Name, age / DOB, address (including district / taluka / village), sex, etc.
- Ration card / Driving License / Voter’s ID or such other ID proof
- Aadhar card – Nowadays, the Aadhar number is compulsory since it is used to uniquely identify a person and prevent fraudulent claims
- Religion, caste and sub-caste.
- Whether SC / ST / OBC and details therein.
- Parent income certificate, Income tax return, Form 16 by employer, Salary certificate, etc as proof of income (May require attestation by Gazetted Government Officers)
- Rent, Maintenance, Electricity, telephone or any other utility bills as proof of address. (May require attestation by Gazetted Government Officers)
- Affidavit declaring that all particulars stated in the application are true
After gathering all the documents, depending on the infrastructure offered by the respective state, the application has to be either submitted at the local district authority’s office or uploaded online. The application would cost a nominal fee depending on the state it is applied in. The certificate is then issued within a period of 10 – 15 days.