Jharkhand CM Soren Leads Delegation to Meeting with Shah | Latest India News
An all-party delegation from Jharkhand led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren met with Interior Minister Amit Shah on Sunday and demanded that a caste-based census be taken in the country.
The visit followed shortly after the Center told the Supreme Court that a backward caste census was “administratively difficult and cumbersome” and to exclude such information from the scope of the census is a “political decision. conscious ”.
The delegation led by Soren included the chairman of the Jharkhand unit of the Congress Rajesh Thakur, the chairman of the state of the BJP and member of Rajya Sabha Deepak Prakash, the leader of the legislative party of the congress Alamgir Alam, the chairman of the AJSU and former Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahato, RJD chief Satyanand Bhoka and representatives from all other parts of the state.
“We have all met with Interior Minister Amit Shah and urged him to ensure that a caste-based census is taken. We informed him of our state’s feelings in favor of the caste census, ”Soren told reporters after the meeting.
The state president of Congress said the Union Home Secretary gave the delegation a patient hearing and said he would “look into the matter.”
BJP’s Deepak Prakash evaded a straightforward answer to reporters’ question whether his party supported the caste census.
“The BJP was also part of this multi-stakeholder delegation. We all know that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are sympathizers of people belonging to the backward classes.
“The Modi government gave constitutional status to the OBC Commission and also provided for a 27% quota for OBCs in medical and dental schools. The BJP and its government support people belonging to the backward classes, ”he said.
Prakash added that his party was constantly working for the welfare of the CBOs. CPI-ML leader Vinod Singh, CPI Buvaneshwar Mahato, CPI-M NCP MP Kamlesh Singh Suresh Munda and MCC leader Arup Chatterjee were also part of the all-party delegation led by Soren.
Soren handed Shah a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that a caste-based demographic survey be carried out in the proposed 2021 census. The letter was signed by all members of the delegation.
He said: “Due to the lack of caste data in census surveys conducted since independence, people from backward classes have difficulty in obtaining special benefits.” “In the census proposed in 2021, the Union government informed the Parliament in writing that it will not carry out the census of the castes, which is very regrettable”, he declared and stressed that it is unfair to people belonging to the backward and extremely backward classes and that they are not able to make the expected progress. Neither the educational, social, political or economic conditions of the backward / extremely backward castes will be properly assessed. formulating a fair policy for their improvement. ”In the letter, the all-party delegation said that a caste-based census would help to eliminate disparities in society.
“In India, people belonging to the SC, ST and backward classes have suffered the brunt of economic and social backwardness for centuries. After independence, different classes developed at different rates, leading to a widening of the gap between rich and poor. In general, those who fall into the socially backward category are also economically backward, they said.
“In such a situation, caste-based data is needed to eliminate these disparities. By carrying out the caste-based census, there will be many advantages in shaping the country’s policies, ”the letter added.
The Center filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court a few days ago indicating that it had already issued a notification in January of last year prescribing the set of information to be collected in the 2021 census and that it covers many domains, including information relating to Listed Castes and Listed Tribes but does not refer to any other category of caste.
He said the exclusion of information about any other caste from the scope of the census is a “conscious political decision” taken by the central government.
The enumeration of OBC / BCC (Backward Class of Citizens) has always been considered administratively “extremely complex” and even when the caste census was carried out before independence, the data suffered in terms of completeness and accuracy, stated the affidavit. .
The government also said that the caste count in the 2011 Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) was “riddled” with errors and inaccuracies.