Opposition leader in Bihar’s legislative assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, said on Monday that the caste-based census will help prepare welfare schemes for people from different sections of society.
“Two resolutions have been passed in the Bihar assembly for caste census in the state. With such a census, we can get data that can help prepare relevant benefit schemes for people from different sections of society,” Tejashwi Yadav told media .
Meanwhile, in Delhi, the meeting is underway between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the 10-party delegation led by the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, to discuss a caste census.
Besides Bihar Chief Minister, other members of the delegation are RJDs Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, JD(U) leader Vijay Kumar Choudhary who is also the Minister of Education and Parliamentary Affairs, Former Chief Minister and President of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) Jitan Ram Manjhi, Congress Leader Ajeet Sharma and BJP Leader and Bihar Minister Janak Ram, CPI-ML Party Leader Mahboob Alam, Akhtarul Imam of AIMIM, Mukesh Sahni of VIP, Suryakant Paswan of CPI and Ajay Kumar of CPI(M).
Earlier, Tejashwi Yadav had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the demand for a caste-based census.
So far, however, the central government has refused to comply with the demand.
On 20 July, in a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Home Affairs Minister Nityanand Rai had said: “As a policy matter, the Government of India has decided not to list caste-wise populations other than SCs and STs. census.”
On March 10, 2021, the Union Ministry of the Interior had clarified the caste-related details received from the 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In a response, the Union Ministry of Interior said raw caste data has been provided to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) for the classification and categorization of the data.
“The Office of the Registrar General, India had provided logistical and technical support in conducting the SECC-2011. The raw caste data has been provided to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) for the classification and categorization of the data. As informed by MoSJE, there is no proposal to release the caste data at this stage,” the Interior Ministry had said.