Yadav trio forces Govt to consider caste census
Sumit Pande, CNN-IBN
Posted on May 07, 2010 at 23:55 | Updated May 08, 2010 at 00:01
New Delhi: India may now have it's first caste based data in a census
after 1931 after the Government on Friday indicated that it's bowing
to pressure from the OBC lobby. But the Government insisted that there
could be practical problems in getting caste-based data in the 2011
After successfully stalling the Women's Reservation Bill, the Yadav
trio of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav are
extracting another promise from the Government- to count the backward
classes as well during the ongoing decennial census after MPs cutting
across party lines pressed for enumeration on caste lines in the Lok
Sabha on Friday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to look into the demand.
"We will take the view of the House into consideration before
proceeding on the issue. The Cabinet will take the call," said Singh.
Census in India is conducted by an Act of Parliament and the data
collected forms the basis for the formulation of various welfare
schemes. It is also the benchmark for deciding the quantum of
reservations for various backward communities.
The decennial census since Independence has enumerated population only
under three categories - schedule castes, schedule tribe and the other
class. But now a separate other backward caste or OBC category is
likely to be included.
The enumerators though may not be asked to list specific caste of a
citizen like Brahmin, Rajput etc.
With Government conceding to their demand, the OBC leadership was
effusive in their praise for the Prime Minister to the extent that
they allowed introduction of the contentious Nuclear Liability Bill in
the Lok Sabha.
"We are grateful to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House,"
said JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav.
"We thank the Prime Minister and all the people who have demanded it,"
It's an issue over which major differences have existed even within
the Government. The final decision though will be taken by the Union
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