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Jharkhand CM Writes to PM Modi, Seeks Time to Talk about Caste-based Census

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Wednesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought time to carry dialogue on caste-based census. Reportedly, Soren has additionally invited Opposition BJP within the state to hitch the delegation to satisfy the Prime Minister.

“A nine-member delegation, headed by me, wish to meet you to debate our demand for caste-based census. We request you to kindly allot us a time to satisfy,” Soren mentioned within the letter.

WHAT’S CASTE CENSUS

Caste census means inclusion of caste-wise tabulation of India’s inhabitants within the Census train held one in ten years.

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The sooner caste-based census was performed 90 years in the past in the course of the British period in 1931 and the nation has adopted the identical since then.

Opposition Calls for Caste-based Census

The difficulty of caste census has change into a key political level with a large part of events, together with NDA constituent JD-U, urgent for it.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a votary of caste-based census, on Monday mentioned a number of political events in different states have began elevating the identical demand for caste enumeration of the nation’s inhabitants and the Prime Minister has to decide on it. He additionally dismissed speculations that such a census, during which particulars of Different Backward Class (OBC) individuals will probably be taken apart from these of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, will result in social pressure. “We lately met PM Modi over the problem. Leaders of all political events of Bihar are of the view that caste-based census must be performed within the nation as it can profit everybody. He listened to everybody’s opinion very rigorously. Now he has to decide,” Kumar had mentioned.

On August 23, a delegation from Bihar, headed by Nitish Kumar, met Prime Minister Modi in help of a nationwide caste-based census. The ten-party delegation was additionally joined by RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav and leaders from different events. Quite a few events of Uttar Pradesh – Samajwadi Get together (SP), Congress, Anupriya Patel’s Apna Dal, Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Get together, Sanjay Nishad’s Nishad Get together and Babu Singh Kushwaha’s Jan Adhikar Get together – have raised such a requirement forward of meeting elections due subsequent 12 months in numerous states together with UP. A number of political events of Maharashtra and Odisha have additionally sought caste-based census which is scheduled to be held this 12 months.

Furthermore, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi lately constituted a committee to look at the caste census situation with former Union Minister Veerappa Moily as its head. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Salman Khurshid, Mohan Prakash, RPN Singh, PL Punia, and Kuldeep Bishnoi, would be the members of the panel, an official assertion reads.

The committee will examine issues associated to the Caste census, and current its report back to the Congress management, the assertion mentioned.

Centre’s Response

The Centre has already mentioned that it’s not in favour of caste-based census within the nation. “The uncooked caste knowledge collected throughout Socio-Financial Caste Census in 2011 is with Registrar Common of India however no proposal to launch the info as many technical issues seen in it by RGI and the info has additionally change into very previous and isn’t usable,” mentioned the Centre in Rajya Sabha.

The Census 2021 train, when carried out, will enumerate solely these SCs and STs that have been notified by means of the constitutional orders of 1950, the federal government had knowledgeable Parliament. Union minister Nityanand Rai had mentioned this in a written reply to a query within the Lok Sabha on whether or not the federal government is planning to undertake a caste census together with the Common Decennial Census 2021.

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