'Centre may not be averse to caste-based census'
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, May 7: With most parties pushing for a caste-based census, the government does not seem to be averse to such an exercise during the process to enumerate the country’s populace that began recently.
Government sources said there is enough time to incorporate a section of caste in the census exercise whose second phase will begin in February next year.
The Registrar General of Census Operations, which conducts the census exercise in the country, is yet to print the papers relating to census and if, necessary, the clause of caste could be incorporated in it.
Some ministers had earlier said since the census exercise had already begun, enlisting caste data would be difficult this time.
A final view in this regard will be taken by the Union Cabinet, sources said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while responding to the demands by members in the Lok Sabha today, said the Cabinet will shortly take a decision on whether caste-based census should be undertaken or not.
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