Caste-wise census to start in Bihar by Oct end as BJP flags its concern over Rohingyas, Bangladeshis
The Bihar government has allocated Rs 500 crore for conducting the caste-based census and has fixed the target of completing the work by February next year.
We are the movement that sacrificed 21 lives and won rights for 108 castes.
Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale says his party RPI supports caste-base reservation system.
The clamour for ‘caste census’ by many political parties, including NDA allies, has been growing, putting the Centre on the backfoot. Many states are keen to emulate Bihar.
The assertion comes at a time when the BJP’s ally in Bihar, the JD(U), is ready to conduct a caste-based census in the state.
He said that the government should implement the initiatives for the SC/ST people and the SC/ST committee should have proper representation.
Even as the BJP reluctantly agreed for a caste-based census to be held in Bihar, its ally, JD-U, and opposition, RJD, are competing to take credit over it.
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BJP leaders had earlier demanded that anti-conversion law should be framed in Bihar to prevent incidents of conversion of the religious faith of Hindus.
“This caste-based count will be different in the sense that it will provide all relevant details about the people,” the CM said.
CM Nitish Kumar said that a proposal to conduct the caste-based census in the state will be presented in the meeting of the state cabinet soon for its approval.
The RJD has authorised Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to chalk out a strategy for the agitation on caste-based census.
The leader of the opposition also deplored the recent CBI raids on his parent's residences, alleging that the 'cowardly' act of political vendetta was 'neither the first, nor the last'.
Prasad arrived in Patna along with eldest daughter Misa Bharti, at whose Delhi residence he had stayed since his release on bail granted last month by the Jharkhand High Court in fodder scam cases.
Pawar said Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes had benefitted due to reservations granted to them by the Constitution and similar concessions are required for the Other Backward Classes.
The all-party meeting will be followed by cabinet approval on the proposal to hold a caste-based census in the state from its own resources.
In a move that will force the BJP to take a clear stand on the sensitive issue of caste census, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called an all-party meeting possibly on May 27.
Sushil Modi's averment came in the wake of the contention by Lalu Prasad's RJD that the BJP has been opposed to social justice and thus it had not agreed to caste census nationally.
Talking to the media, Nitish said that he had even apprised leader of opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav of the state government's plan to start work on the caste census shortly
Bihar Agriculture Minister and BJP leader Amrendra Pratap Singh said that there is no urgent need for caste-based census in state.