Bihar CM Nitish Kumar once again bats for caste-based census

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday once again batted for caste-based census within the state.

“I have been saying for a long time that once caste-based census must be done, as it will give a clear idea about the population of different castes. It will help in planning for them,” he stated.

Kumar stated that he additionally despatched two resolutions, handed by the Bihar Legislature, to the Centre on this regard. “It should be done once to clear the picture. It was done earlier, but since Independence it has not happened. Therefore, we need it to happen,” he stated, whereas speaking to the media on the get together office.

Kumar stated that Bihar already has clearly recognized backward lessons and intensely backward lessons for the reason that days of Karpoori Thakur authorities. “We want the Centre to adopt the same for more benefit to the people. At present, there is only one category at the Centre,” he added.

Kumar’s assertion is critical within the wake of the Justice Rohini Commission’s proposal for sub-categorisation of reservation for different backward castes (OBCs) within the authorities sector. The fee has advisable splitting 27% reservation for the OBCs into completely different classes for equitable distribution of advantages amongst completely different sub-castes to make sure that the advantages reached the actually disadvantaged sections.

The fee was arrange in 2017 to look into the problem of sub-categorisation of inside the OBCs. After a number of extensions, it submitted its report earlier this month, diving 2633 OBC castes within the Central record into 4 sub-categories for break up of 27% quota into 2, 6, 9 and 10%.

Though there isn’t any official information obtainable on the precise strengths of various castes, all of the estimates are primarily based on projections from outdated caste census, which was final performed in 1931. There have usually been calls for for it and a few initiatives have been additionally taken, nevertheless it couldn’t materialize, whilst caste remained an overriding issue for getting the electoral arithmetic proper. Only the financial information might come out.

As per projections from figures of 1931 Census for particular Hindu castes and 1961 Census for all others, backward lessons represent 51.3% inhabitants within the state. Many political events really feel the numbers have modified and a contemporary caste-based census is the necessity of the hour.

Social financial and caste census (SECC) – 2011 was carried out by state rural improvement departments on directions of central rural improvement ministry. However, caste information couldn’t be made public citing discrepancies. Till date, census solely makes rely of faith and likewise the SC/ST inhabitants.

In 2019, the Bihar Legislative Assembly had handed two authorities resolutions – one favouring caste-wise census in 2021 and one other for persevering with with the outdated 200-point roster system, which treats college because the unit, not the 13-point roster system that treats division because the unit.

In 2020, forward of the state elections, the Bihar Assembly again handed two resolutions – one in opposition to the contentious National Register of Citizens (NRC) train within the state and one other for caste-based census in 2021. They have been handed unanimously.

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