Caste-based census: PM Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar-led 10-party delegation meeting begins | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar-led ten parties delegation including Janata Dal (United), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and others met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at South Block in Delhi on Monday.
The meeting between the Prime Minister and the delegation of parties led by Bihar CM to discuss a caste-based census is underway.
Besides Bihar Chief Minister, other members of the delegation will be RJD’s Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, JD(U) leader Vijay Kumar Choudhary, who is also the minister for education and parliamentary affairs, former Chief Minister and President of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) Jitan Ram Manjhi, Congress legislature party leader Ajeet Sharma and BJP leader and Bihar minister Janak Ram, CPI-ML legislature party leader Mahboob Alam, Akhtarul Imam of AIMIM, Mukesh Sahni of VIP, Suryakant Paswan of CPI and Ajay Kunar of CPM.
Here’s are some key points-

  • Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), which is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar, is in favour of a caste-based census.
  • Kumar has been advocating for a caste-based census in the country and had thus sought an appointment with the Prime Minister.
  • Leader of Opposition in Bihar legislative assembly Tejashwi Yadav also wrote a letter to PM regarding the demand for a caste-based census.
  • Nitish Kumar had said a resolution regarding the caste-based census was passed unanimously in Bihar Legislative Assembly as well as the Legislative Council in 2019. A resolution was passed unanimously once again in 2020 in the state Legislative Assembly.
  • Kumar, meanwhile, stated that if Centre does not agree then “Bihar will proceed to conduct a caste-based census.” However, the Central government has so far refused to accede to the demand.
  • On July 20, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai had said: “The Government of India has decided as a matter of policy not to enumerate caste-wise populations other than SCs and STs in the census.”
  • On March 10, 2021, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had clarified on caste-related details received from the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In a reply, the Union Home Ministry said that raw caste data has been provided to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) for the classification and categorisation of the data.
  • “The Office of the Registrar General, India had provided logistics 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 Home Ministry had said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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