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Census 2021 Won't Include Caste Data Except For Dalits, Scheduled Tribes

The federal government notified its intent to conduct Census in March however the pandemic put the brakes on it.

New Delhi:

Caste-wise information on inhabitants, aside from these for Dalits and Scheduled Tribes, will not be included within the upcoming nationwide Census, the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs mentioned at this time. The choice has been taken as a matter of coverage, the federal government knowledgeable the Lok Sabha.

The ministry additionally mentioned that some state governments had earlier requested the gathering of caste information.

“The state governments of Maharashtra and Odisha have requested to gather caste particulars within the forthcoming census. The federal government of India has determined as a matter of coverage to not enumerate caste-wise inhabitants aside from SCs and STs in Census,” Union Minister of State for Dwelling Nityanand Rai said in a written reply.

The Structure supplies for reservation of seats for members of Scheduled Castes and Tribes within the Lok Sabha and within the varied assemblies in proportion, as almost as could also be, to their inhabitants, the Minister mentioned. Within the Census, these particularly notified as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are enumerated, he mentioned.

The Ministry had earlier knowledgeable {that a} Socio-Financial and Caste Census (SECC) was carried out in 2011 by the Ministry of Rural Growth in rural areas and the then Ministry of Housing and City Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) in city. The federal government later reportedly determined to not replace the SECC because the Centre remained tired of sustaining caste information within the registry.

Replying to a different query, Minister Rai mentioned the federal government’s intent to conduct Census 2021 has been notified within the Gazette of India on March 28, 2019, however as a result of outbreak of COVID-19, the actions had been postponed.

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